Archive by Robert Cruickshank

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

Well, this is unfortunate: Two of Gov. Jerry Brown’s favorite projects — building a high-speed rail system and a pair of massive tunnels under the Delta — face a serious threat if California voters pass a measure heading for the November ballot. The “No Blank Checks Initiative,” bankrolled with $4.5 million from Stockton farmer and […]

Jun 30th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

Contractors are about to begin construction on the Fresno Trench, including a section that will go under the 180 freeway. The California High Speed Rail Authority put out this video laying out the stages of construction: The work begins next month and is expected to last for 18 months.

Jun 25th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

A Peninsula Assemblymember has introduced new legislation (technically, it’s a rewrite of another bill) that would make it clear the Prop 1A bonds can be sold now in order to help fund Caltrain electrification: AB1889 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, would change the wording of previous legislation to approve selling the bonds to […]

Jun 22nd, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized