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Late last Friday the federal Surface Transportation Board voted 2-1 that its approval of the high speed rail project between Fresno and Bakersfield “categorically preempts” lawsuits filed against the project based on the California Environmental Quality Act: Applying the well-established preemption principles here, the Board concludes that CEQA is categorically preempted by § 10501(b) in […]

Dec 15th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

Tutor Perini won the bid for the first segment of HSR construction – but they didn’t wind the second bid. That went to a team led by Spain’s Dragados, alongside Flatiron West of San Marcos and Shimmick of Oakland: Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick submitted a bid of $1.23 billion to design and build the 65-mile stretch from the […]

Dec 12th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

Bent Flyvbjerg, the guru of cost overruns on megaprojects, has posted the first installment of a series examining how people are apparently tricked into backing megaprojects. He starts off by quoting California’s own Willie Brown, in some revealing comments about the Transbay Terminal: One may argue, as famously done by Albert O. Hirschman, that if […]

Dec 5th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

The California Supreme Court has just rejected Kings County’s appeal of the Court of Appeals decision that favored the California High Speed Rail Authority. Earlier this year the Court of Appeals had overturned a Superior Court decision in favor of Kings County that threatened the future of the high speed rail project. The justices rejected […]

Oct 15th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized