State of HSR – and the Blog
First, a general update on where things stand with high speed rail:
- Construction continues in the Central Valley
- Opponents continue losing in court
- Planning work continues across the state
- Jerry Brown is “cautiously optimistic” about federal Caltrain funding after meeting with Congressional Republicans
- The latest cap-and-trade permit auction was a bust – but once the program’s legal issues are resolved, experts believe it will pick back up
- Jerry Brown is proposing a big package to fund road maintenance – but still nothing in terms of long-term state funding for passenger rail.
There are other updates too but those are the big ones for now. None of this is particularly new; you could read through the archives and see posts on these same topics from each of the last six or seven years. Trump’s victory is a setback, but his own recent defeats may make it harder for him to successfully stop the California HSR project.
The blog will see new posting resume, after a very busy March has passed. I continue to get occasional notes about people having problems using the site, and this has been since February or so. Sometimes I have trouble loading it. Others have trouble making comments. (Some of that is me slacking on moderation.)
If you see specific problems or bugs, please note them in the comments here. I am not a web design expert, and this site design is now seven years old. But I’ll do what I can to keep this alive for as long as people are willing to read and comment.