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The California High Speed Rail Authority is about to demolish the Tuolumne Street Bridge in Fresno, connecting downtown to Highway 99 over the Union Pacific tracks, in order to make way for the bullet trains: The bridge, which links Highway 99 with the central business district will eventually be replaced by a new higher bridge […]

Dec 7th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

It feels like at least once every six months someone claims that technological innovations will make high speed rail obsolete or unnecessary, despite the fact that HSR continues to thrive all over the world. This time it’s UCSB economist Dick Startz, arguing in the LA Times that driverless cars make HSR unnecessary: High-speed rail might […]

Nov 30th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

Politifact has started a California version, and this week they’ve been taking a look at some claims about the California high speed rail project made by both supporters and critics. Turns out that HSR backers are “mostly true” and opponents are “mostly false.” Let’s first take a look at a claim about cost savings made […]

Nov 25th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

The LA Times’ California politics columnist George Skelton takes a look at the Republican ballot initiative to divert funding from high speed rail and Delta tunnels, and concludes it’s actually an attack on the environment: Now two Republican state politicians are backing a proposed ballot initiative to make that a reality. Scuttle the train and […]

Nov 20th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized