STB Approves Fresno to Bakersfield Route
Despite Republicans efforts to prevent it from happening, the federal Surface Transportation Board today approved the Fresno to Bakersfield high speed rail route:
In a 56-page report, the federal board spelled out its decision on what would be the second section of the state’s planned high-speed rail system.
“The proposed Line will provide the public with electric-powered high-speed rail service that provides predictable and consistent travel times between major urban centers with connectivity to airports, mass transit systems, and the highway system network in the San Joaquin Valley,” the board’s majority concluded.
The board formally voted 2-1 on Monday to authorize the construction, with board member Ann D. Begeman dissenting.
The HSR project has been having a fantastic summer, with victories on funding, in the courts, and now with a key federal agency authorizing the next project segment to move ahead.
It’s starting to get very difficult for HSR critics to deny that the project has renewed momentum.