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Well this is some nonsense. Governor Jerry Brown has called a special session to deal with the state’s enormous road maintenance backlog, estimated at $59 billion. The nonsensical part: two Kern County legislators want to raid the cap-and-trade funds to help pay for roads. And it’s a deliberate attack on high speed rail: Two local […]

Jul 1st, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

Today’s Bakersfield Californian has a good, in-depth article on the latest effort by the California High Speed Rail Authority to issue a “request for expressions of interest” for international companies and potential private sector partners. While this is certainly not the first time the CHSRA has solicited responses from the private sector, the Bakersfield Californian […]

Jun 24th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

Friends of Caltrain is mobilizing to push for completion of the Downtown Extension tunnel, which would connect Caltrain and high speed rail to the new Transbay Terminal. They’re holding a rally on Wednesday to demand a solution to the funding challenges that have delayed the DTX for years. The rally will take place at San […]

Jun 23rd, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

The LA Times reports on a new poll taken by Metro in advance of a possible November 2016 ballot measure to extend the Measure R taxes. Their findings: it has massive support: More than two-thirds of Los Angeles County residents would support raising the county sales tax by a half-cent to bring in about $120 […]

Jun 17th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized