Archive for July, 2014

The summer of 2014 is the summer that high speed rail in California made its great comeback. First came the Legislature’s approval of spending cap-and-trade funds on the HSR project, ensuring billions of new dollars would flow to it and thus giving it a critical financial boost. Now comes the long awaited ruling in the […]

Jul 31st, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

The Pasadena Star-News reports that the California High Speed Rail Authority will hear a proposal to build a tunnel under the San Gabriel Mountains in order to connect Palmdale to Burbank and Los Angeles, rather than follow Highway 14 between those destinations: A tunneling option that runs in a straight line from the Palmdale Transportation […]

Jul 30th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

Oil companies have been pressuring skittish Democrats to remove fuels from the cap-and-trade system, even though doing so would significantly reduce the revenues that system brings in. But help is on the way, pledges Tom Steyer: Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, who has pledged to spend $100 million in the midterm elections to push his […]

Jul 29th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

One of the worst calumnies flung at the California high speed rail project is that by starting in the Central Valley, the state is building a “train to nowhere.” Incoming State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León echoed this sentiment when he told the LA Times that the only thing along the route were […]

Jul 28th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized