Archive for June, 2016

One of the more interesting subplots to the news that the China-XpressWest deal is off are the complaints about Buy America rules. XpressWest cited those issues explicitly in explaining their decision to end the deal: The biggest challenge has been a federal funding requirement that high-speed trains be manufactured in the United States, even though […]

Jun 12th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

Big news out of Nevada today, where XpressWest has announced its funding deal with China is dead: Las Vegas-based XpressWest said the decision to end the relationship stemmed from problems with “timely performance” and challenges that the Chinese companies, grouped under a consortium called China Railway International (CRI), faced “obtaining required authority to proceed with […]

Jun 9th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

Some things change over the course of five years. The San Jose Sharks are playing in a Stanley Cup Final at last – even if it’s not going too well at the moment. The San Jose Earthquakes are playing in a new stadium next to the airport. The city has a new mayor, and sometime […]

Jun 7th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

If you’re a high speed rail supporter, this news might make your next trip to the DMV more tolerable: the California High Speed Rail Authority will be airing this video at DMV offices across the state: I like that they’re finding ways to show Californians that HSR is real and under construction. Though I’d love […]

Jun 3rd, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized