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2014 was the best year for California high speed rail since at least 2008, when voters approved the Proposition 1A bonds. But there’s an argument it might have been even better than that. Let’s take a quick look back at the year that was. • Cap and trade money secures California HSR’s future. The June […]

Dec 31st, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

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

Despite Republicans efforts to prevent it from happening, the federal Surface Transportation Board today approved the Fresno to Bakersfield high speed rail route: In a 56-page report, the federal board spelled out its decision on what would be the second section of the state’s planned high-speed rail system. “The proposed Line will provide the public […]

Aug 12th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

The California Attorney General’s Office is arguing in a new court filing that the project should be exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act – because Congressional Republicans got the Surface Transit Board to assert jurisdiction: California’s $68 billion bullet train project should be exempt from the state’s strict environmental review process now that it […]

May 21st, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized