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The California High Speed Rail Authority today released the final EIR for the Fresno-Bakersfield segment of the high speed rail project. If the legal challenges are resolved, construction could begin next year. Here’s a brief description of the route selected in this Final EIR, as provided by the CHSRA: The Final EIR/EIS identifies the preferred […]

Apr 18th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

The California High Speed Rail Authority had asked the 3rd District Court of Appeals to delay or reverse Judge Michael Kenny’s decision to allow a trial on the question of whether the “blended plan” and other elements of the high speed rail phasing process violated Proposition 1A. Their argument was that they were appealing other […]

Apr 16th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized
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State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg today announced a new proposal to guide the use of California’s cap-and-trade revenues. It includes earmarking 20% of those revenues for the high speed rail project: In addition to permanent funding sources for affordable housing and mass transit, the strategy (available here) also provides a permanent source of […]

Apr 14th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

Currently there are no makers of high speed trains in the United States. Companies like Siemens have US-based facilities, but do not currently build bullet trains there. That presents a paradox to the California High Speed Rail Authority, since federal “Buy America” rules currently prevent them from buying prototype trains abroad to test in this […]

Apr 10th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized