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Tag: high-speed rail

January 20, 2012 | 7:00 am

Video Report: California High-Speed Rail Under Siege

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On Wednesday, in his State of the State address, Governor Jerry Brown gave a rousing defense of California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project. From the New York Times on Thursday: Mr. Brown championed the rail project at a time when it has seemed increasingly endangered. The cost has doubled to $98.5 billion. The notion of starting […]

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January 12, 2012 | 2:45 pm

California High-Speed Rail CEO Resigns

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From our L.A. Bureau Chief Krissy Clark: CEO of #ca high speed rail authority is stepping down.Just announced at hsr board meeting @kqednews — krissy clark (@kristianiaclark) January 12, 2012   More from the Sacramento Bee: Roelof van Ark, chief executive officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, announced this afternoon that he is quitting, […]

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High-Speed Rail Officials: It’s Now or Never

January 5, 2012 | 4:31 pm

High-Speed Rail Officials: It’s Now or Never

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Officials with the state’s High Speed Rail Authority say it’s now or never for the plan to build a bullet train from San Francisco to LA. That’s in response to an internal watchdog group’s report, issued Tuesday, which recommended holding off on the project until more funding can be secured. If construction on the bullet […]

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California High-Speed Rail Watchdog Says Construction Would Be ‘Immense Financial Risk’ to State

January 3, 2012 | 2:17 pm

California High-Speed Rail Watchdog Says Construction Would Be ‘Immense Financial Risk’ to State

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A California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group report is highly skeptical of the agency’s plans going forward. KQED’s John Myers reports: 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.” […]

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As the High-Speed Rail Debate Rages On, Stanford Historian Becomes Big Critic

December 7, 2011 | 3:25 pm

As the High-Speed Rail Debate Rages On, Stanford Historian Becomes Big Critic

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From AP yesterday: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood strongly defended the federal government’s nearly $4 billion investment in high-speed rail in California, even as growing expenses and a longer timeline for completion have raised doubts in Congress. During a congressional hearing Tuesday, LaHood acknowledged that the project will be expensive, with current estimates putting the cost […]

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High-Speed Rail’s Original Champions Now Have Doubts

November 18, 2011 | 9:57 am

High-Speed Rail’s Original Champions Now Have Doubts

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If you were a reporter covering high speed rail in 2008, after voters passed Proposition 1A, two names would be at the top of your source list: Quentin Kopp and Mehdi Morshed. Both served on the High Speed Rail Authority, the body charged with overseeing the effort to build a bullet train from Anaheim to […]

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Another Slowdown for High-Speed Rail?

November 17, 2011 | 6:29 pm

Another Slowdown for High-Speed Rail?

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On Thursday, Congress delivered another blow to California’s embattled plan to build a bullet train from San Francisco to Anaheim. House and Senate negotiators agreed to kill President Obama’s high speed rail program, which would have funneled billions of dollars for high speed rail construction. Obama’s plan would have provided $8 billion in funding in […]

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California High-Speed Rail Business Plan Announced

November 1, 2011 | 11:16 am

California High-Speed Rail Business Plan Announced

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Update 1 p.m. KQED’s John Myers tweeted the news event today at which the business plan was announced. (AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The new business plan for California’s high-speed rail system shows the nation’s most ambitious state rail project could cost nearly $100 billion in inflation-adjusted funding over a 20-year construction period, according to a draft copy […]

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Proponents Fear High-Speed Rail Project Starting to Slip Away

July 22, 2011 | 8:39 am

Proponents Fear High-Speed Rail Project Starting to Slip Away

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High-speed rail proponents seek ways to salvage project by Lance Williams, California Watch The California bullet train project is buffeted by bad news – downbeat pronouncements regarding its financial prospects, growing opposition from the very communities the system hopes to serve and lawsuits with the threat of more to come. Some proponents of the $45 […]

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Peninsula Cities Challenge High-Speed Rail Through Lawsuits

July 20, 2011 | 8:56 am

Peninsula Cities Challenge High-Speed Rail Through Lawsuits

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On Peninsula, bullet train’s cost projections scrutinized by Lance Williams, California Watch When a route is proposed for the California bullet train, opponents mobilize. In the Central Valley, Kings County farmers are protesting a line that would run through prime agricultural land. In Southern California, the city of Palmdale has sued to force the state […]

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