What Happens If The Bullet Train Fails?

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There’s a possibility that California’s bullet train project never gets beyond the current work in the San Joaquin Valley — a couple of stations and about 100 miles of track. The high speed rail project is having trouble securing the funding for the $68 billion project, and that, of course, could mean the demise of… Read more »

Proposition 53 Threatens Major California Projects, Including High Speed Rail

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The political arena in California heated up over the last week as Gov. Gerry Brown stepped up his campaign against Proposition 53, which will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. Dean Cortopassi, a wealthy Central Valley farmer and tomato cannery owner, contends that proposition 53 is necessary because politicians refuse to either fully disclose or… Read more »

A Crucial Piece of Land for the L.A. Revitalization Project in the Process of Acquisition

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A key piece of land — a piece of Union Pacific Railroad property in Glassell Park — for the City of Los Angeles’ Los Angeles River restoration project is being negotiated for $59.3 million. The plan is to turn the former 42-acre rail yard, also known as G2 plot, into park space, wetlands and other… Read more »

Critics of the High-Speed Rail Score Wins in Legislative Efforts

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Two bills aimed at the controversial bullet-train program created a significant win for critics of California’s high-speed rail project.   Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 940 — a bill by state Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford. In the event land taken through eminent domain or purchased by the state for right of way is no… Read more »

High-Speed Rail Project Becoming More and More Expensive

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A series of events over the last month has increased the cost of the high-speed rail project. First, the relocation of Highway 99 in Fresno — a key part of the project — is six months behind schedule and, according to Caltrans’ most recent projections, is going to cost an extra $35 million above previous… Read more »

California Supreme Court Restores Public Agencies’ Ability to Conduct Surveys Without First Filing Eminent Domain

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On Thursday of last week, the California Supreme Court in the case Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court of San Joaquin County ruled that government officials don’t need to go through a formal eminent domain process before they can survey private property. This decision reverses the ruling made by the Court of Appeal, which concluded… Read more »

New November Ballot Initiative Could Stop High Speed Rail Project Dead in Its Tracks

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The No Blank Check Initiative, which is set for the November, 2016 ballot, would give voters the right to decide whether to fund — with revenue bonds — projects that cost more than $2 billion. If passed, this would put the funding for the high-speed rail project up for another vote.   Revenue bonds are… Read more »

Bill Would Allow Use of High-Speed Rail Bonds for Caltrain

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A California State lawmaker has introduced a last-minute piece of legislation that would give the state the ability to begin selling voter-approved high-speed rail bonds to go towards electrifying the Caltrain from Gilroy to San Francisco.   AB1889 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South Francisco, would change the wording of previous legislation to approve selling the bonds to… Read more »

Bullet Train Hurt: Cap-and-Trade Funding Falls Short of Expectations

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California’s proposed high-speed rail project hit another hurdle as the latest auction in California’s cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gasses generated revenues sharply below expectations. Buyers purchased just 2% of the carbon credits whose sales are meant to supply funding to the high-speed rail project, according to the LA Times. The rail authority expected about $150… Read more »

It’s Official: High Speed Rail Will Go North First

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The California High Speed Rail Authority board has accepted a new revision to the bullet train’s original plan, stating that the railway section stretching from Central Valley to San Jose will now be completed first, before the high speed rail reaches Southern California, according to U.S. News.   The railway connecting Central Valley and San… Read more »