Archive by Robert Cruickshank

Ralph Vartabedian waxes poetic about how that mean old HSR project would devastate the bucolic Big Tujunga Wash in his latest article, but the real story stems from political opposition crystallizing to using it as a route to get from Palmdale to Burbank: The Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles Unified School District […]

Oct 4th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed AB 2847 yesterday, arguing that the high speed rail oversight bill is unnecessary: I believe this bill is unnecessary, particularly in view of the passage of AB 1813, which adds two legislative members to the Authority. As with other projects of this magnitude, state law requires strict standards of accountability and […]

Sep 29th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

Another day, another victory for Caltrain and high speed rail and another defeat for Peninsula NIMBYs: In a lawsuit that could have veered Caltrain’s electrification plans off track, a judge announced Monday he is ruling in favor of the local transit agency proceeding with its $2 billion Modernization Program. The town of Atherton filed the […]

Sep 27th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

The California High Speed Rail Authority has published new animations of the three possible routes from Palmdale to Burbank. All three involve significant tunneling under the San Gabriel Mountains. The main difference is in whether the tunnel goes under Pacoima, or goes further to the east through Sunland-Tujunga (with an aerial structure in the middle). […]

Sep 20th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized