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Tag: high-speed rail

July 5, 2012 | 4:51 pm

Assembly Passes High-Speed Rail Bill

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The California Assembly on Thursday gave a green-light for high-speed rail. The bill to release about $4.6 billion in voter-approved state bonds to start construction of a high-speed rail system now goes to the Senate, which is expected to vote on Friday. Some highlights of the Assembly debate: Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno: “High-speed rail in […]

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Vote Likely on High-Speed Rail by Friday

July 5, 2012 | 12:57 pm

Vote Likely on High-Speed Rail by Friday

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By Juliet Williams and Judy Lin, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers plan to begin taking up Gov. Jerry Brown’s top infrastructure initiative for a California bullet train. The Assembly was expected to vote Thursday afternoon on a bill authorizing the first leg of the high-speed rail line, which would start in the […]

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July 5, 2012 | 8:38 am

A.M. Splash: Voters Unhappy with Rail Project, Education Cut Threat; Oakland May Boycott Goldman; Higgs Data Excite Physicists

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Rail project could knock tax vote off track (SF Chronicle) A wide range of California voters are willing to give Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative the support it needs in November, but that could change in a hurry if the Legislature approves billions of dollars for the proposed high-speed rail project later this week, a […]

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July 2, 2012 | 11:24 am

Votes Approach for High-Speed Rail and SF’s Central Subway

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Does California need a bullet train zooming from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under 3 hours? Does San Francisco need a new 1.7-mile extension of Muni’s T Third Line? The two projects became entangled this week, San Francisco Chronicle reports, with key votes looming on both. In a move some see as an attempt […]

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Report: Calif. High-Speed Rail Budget Assumes Historically Low Operating Costs

April 30, 2012 | 12:49 pm

Report: Calif. High-Speed Rail Budget Assumes Historically Low Operating Costs

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From California Watch By hitting the reset button, Gov. Jerry Brown bought some time for the embattled California high-speed rail plan. In recent months, the CEO of the controversial project resigned. Brown installed Dan Richard, an official with political and transportation industry connections, as new board chairman. More importantly, the California High-Speed Rail Authority dramatically […]

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April 17, 2012 | 5:04 pm

LAO Calls New High-Speed Rail Plan ‘Highly Speculative’

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state’s nonpartisan analyst says the latest proposal to build a $68.4 billion high-speed train system linking Northern and Southern California is still too vague. The Legislative Analyst’s Office on Tuesday recommended that lawmakers not approve funding this year. The analyst called the funding plan highly speculative and said “important details […]

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Revised High-Speed Rail Plan Heads to the Legislature

April 12, 2012 | 6:01 pm

Revised High-Speed Rail Plan Heads to the Legislature

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The High-Speed Rail Authority unanimously approved a revised business plan Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. Board members voted 6-0, with one absent vote, to trim costs by about $30 billion. The project is now estimated to cost about $68.4 billion — far more than what voters agreed to in 2008 when they authorized the project. […]

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Interview: New California High-Speed Rail Chairman Dan Richard Makes His Case

March 7, 2012 | 3:15 pm

Interview: New California High-Speed Rail Chairman Dan Richard Makes His Case

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In January, two top executives from the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Chairman Tom Umberg and CEO Roelof van Ark, stepped down amid a brutal run of negative reports by government watchdog agencies — assessments that lent ammunition to charges by HSR critics that the entire project is a gigantic boondoggle. There have been other setbacks […]

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Calif. High-Speed Rail Authority Elects New Chairman

February 2, 2012 | 4:11 pm

Calif. High-Speed Rail Authority Elects New Chairman

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The board overseeing California’s plan to build a $98 billion high-speed rail system chose an appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday to take over as its chairman. The Democratic governor appointed Dan Richard to the California High-Speed Rail Authority board last year to help turn around a project that has come under intense criticism […]

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January 24, 2012 | 9:31 am

State Auditor Report Questions High-Speed Rail Funding, Oversight, Ridership Projections

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Being a high-speed rail official getting that first glimpse of yet another government report on the project must be like Kyle Williams opening up an email with the subject line: “Your performance in the NFC Championship.” To the growing library of official criticisms, add another disapproval today of the way the California High-Speed Rail is […]

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