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Not only is the Hyperloop a fantasy idea with severe technical and political impediments to ever getting built – the main company working on the project is facing major lawsuits alleging the company is rife with “nepotism, waste, and assault”: How the relationship between the leading investor and the founding chief executive of Hyperloop Technologies […]

Jul 14th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Ever since the weak May auction for California’s cap-and-trade permits, the discussion in Sacramento about how to save and extend the program has gone into overdrive. First, a quick refresher. There is some debate about whether the cap-and-trade system needs new legislation to continue operating beyond 2020 – and whether that new legislation requires a […]

Jul 12th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

Last week’s big news was that the Caltrain electrification contracts were officially approved, with completion expected by 2020. That is, unless Atherton gets its way and stops the whole thing: Officials in this wealthy Bay Area enclave will decide by early next week if they’ll seek a restraining order to stop Caltrain from going ahead […]

Jul 11th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

Posting from a stopped Pacific Surfliner train on the coast just north of Ventura. Lots of riders today, though not nearly as many as on the trip northbound on Tuesday, when it was standing room only. Some say Californians will never ride trains. They are, in big numbers. And they will ride high speed rail […]

Jul 7th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized