The Whip Snaps at High Speed Rail... and More

January 9, 2012 · Filed Under CA Budget, CA Politics, People, Transportation · 7 Comments 

"Numbers don't lie," said McCarthy in pointing out several recent analyses critical of California's plans for high speed rail. (Photo: KQED/John Myers)

For the man whose Central Valley hometown is supposed to be an anchor point in the first construction phase of high speed rail, Rep. Kevin McCarthy seems intent on doing everything he can do block the project.

And given McCarthy is the third highest ranking member of the GOP congressional leadership, he may be able to do a lot.

"I think it's a bad investment," the House majority whip on Monday afternoon during a wide-ranging interview in Sacramento with a group of Capitol reporters.
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Panel: High Speed Rail Plans Not Fully Cooked

January 3, 2012 · Filed Under CA Budget, CA Government, Transportation · 2 Comments 

Will this artist's depiction of high speed rail in California come to pass? A new report raises questions. (Image: CA High Speed Rail Authority)

A panel of independent reviewers says that without more certainty on funding and operations, any start to construction of a high speed rail system "represents an immense financial risk to the state of California."

The new report is further proof that 2012 will be the most important year yet in the debate over the ambitious but costly bullet train system.
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The 2012 Battle Over High Speed Rail

December 20, 2011 · Filed Under CA Government, CA Politics, Transportation · 8 Comments 

High speed rail, well established in places like China, may have to fight for its survival in California. (Getty Images)

It's hardly hyperbole to suggest that 2012 will be the make-or-break year for California's long standing plans to construct a high speed train system.

As supporters push forward on plans to break ground on construction by year's end, critics are demanding a second look and... perhaps... a scrapping of the project altogether. And both camps have the political firepower to wage an epic battle.
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