Archive by Robert Cruickshank

Well this is certainly big news – if not entirely unexpected. China has announced plans to help build the XpressWest high speed rail project that will, eventually, link Los Angeles to Las Vegas via Palmdale and Victorville: XpressWest agreed this month to form a joint venture with China Railway International USA Co. to build and […]

Sep 17th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

The California High Speed Rail Authority recently settled a lawsuit brought by Bakersfield against the project. One element of the settlement involved the CHSRA agreeing to study a new alternative through Bakersfield – the F Street alignment. As part of this work, the CHSRA published the following video simulation of the F Street alignment. This […]

Sep 15th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

Los Angeles’ revived bid for the 2024 Olympic Games may be enough to bring some major benefits to transit riders in Southern California. Metro is using the bid to seek federal funding to dramatically accelerate the construction schedule for two of its major rail projects: In letters sent Tuesday and obtained by The Times, the […]

Sep 12th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

The news out of Sacramento on climate and sustainability this week has not been good. A coalition of moderate Democrats has successfully blocked some pathbreaking legislation to cut carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels – in order to please the oil companies. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic leaders in the legislature, Senate […]

Sep 10th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized