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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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May 25, 2011 | 12:03 pm

DOT Says California Can’t Delay 2012 Start to High-Speed Rail Construction

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From AP: Federal officials say that a 2012 deadline to start construction of a multibillion-dollar high-speed rail system in California is firm and can’t be postponed. The U.S. Transportation Department said in a letter Wednesday to the California High-Speed Rail Authority that regulators have no authority to change the deadline. The department also says it […]

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May 10, 2011 | 12:57 pm

LAO Highly Critical of High Speed Rail Project, Report Says Project Should Be Overhauled

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It’s only Tuesday but it’s already been a roller coaster of a week for California’s high-speed rail project. Yesterday, the U.S Department of Transportation announced it would give California $300 million dollars for the project, after Florida rejected that funding. Today, the Legislative Analyst Office released a report that’s highly critical of the project. The […]

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Calif. Picks Up Rail Money Left on the Table

May 9, 2011 | 4:34 pm

Calif. Picks Up Rail Money Left on the Table

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving California hundreds of millions of dollars toward high-speed rail — that’s money that Florida turned down. Fifteen states and Amtrak will share the $2 billion that’s now being redirected. Nearly $340 million will fund high-tech train cars in California and the Midwest. Another $300,000 will support high-speed rail […]

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Morning Splash: High-Speed Rail; SF Phone Radiation Law on Hold; Rowdy SJ Cinco de Mayo

May 6, 2011 | 7:58 am

Morning Splash: High-Speed Rail; SF Phone Radiation Law on Hold; Rowdy SJ Cinco de Mayo

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High-speed rail panel rejects Caltrain route plan (SF Chronicle) The California High-Speed Rail Authority has put the brakes on a plan that could stop high-speed trains short of San Francisco’s new Transbay Terminal. The authority board told engineers and planners Thursday not to study a phased-implementation plan, which would electrify the Caltrain tracks and use […]

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April 18, 2011 | 3:25 pm

Peninsula Lawmakers Want High-Speed Rail to Run on Caltrain Tracks

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Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and state Sen Joe Simitian of Palo Alto, and state Assemblyman Rich Gordon of Los Altos held a joint press conference today calling for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to abandon plans to build elevated tracks through the Peninsula and instead integrate the project into the existing Caltrain system. KQED’s Kelly Wilkinson […]

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Morning Splash: More High-Speed Rail Funds Cut; SF Municipal Bonds Downgraded

April 13, 2011 | 7:57 am

Morning Splash: More High-Speed Rail Funds Cut; SF Municipal Bonds Downgraded

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Elimination of U.S. high-speed rail funds endangers California’s project (San Jose Mercury News) In another swift blow to California’s $43 billion high-speed rail plan, federal officials Tuesday stripped all proposed funds for the mega-project this year — casting more doubt on the bullet train line’s extension into the Bay Area and Southern California. Officials in […]

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February 19, 2011 | 11:06 am

Saturday Splash: Committees OK Guv’s Budget Plan; Rail-Board Members Under Attack

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Jerry Brown’s budget proposals pass committees (SF Chronicle) Less than six weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his budget proposal, a nearly identical plan passed key committees in both houses of the Legislature on Friday. The plan to close what is now a $26.6 billion budget deficit includes deep cuts to the state’s education, health […]

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December 9, 2010 | 9:11 am

California to Get Ohio, Wisconsin High-Speed Rail Funds

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From the NY Times: More U.S. Rail Funds for 13 States as 2 Reject Aid Ohio and Wisconsin’s loss of $1.2 billion in federal stimulus money for rail projects will be California, Florida and 11 other states’ gains, federal officials said on Thursday. Ohio and Wisconsin were among the biggest winners of federal stimulus money […]

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High-Speed Rail’s Central Valley Section:                   Build It–And Who Will Come?

November 26, 2010 | 4:53 pm

High-Speed Rail’s Central Valley Section:              Build It–And Who Will Come?

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In a favorite novel, an Iowa farmer named Ray Kinsella hears a disembodied voice speaking to him from a cornfield. “If you build it, he will come,” the voice says. And thus begins a cross-country fantasy that’s equal parts baseball and personal redemption. That’s fiction. Anything goes. But it’s a little surprising to find that […]

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