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 »

Rail Authority Proposing Plan to Link to Merced in Initial Operating Segment

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Approval of a revised California High-Speed Rail proposal was put on hold Thursday, as board officials wanted more time for state officials to calm the lawmakers and citizens that are upset about the decision to send the trains to the San Jose area instead of Los Angeles. The rail authority now intends to link Merced… Read more »

Public Voices Concerns Over California High-Speed Rail

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On Tuesday, April 12, the public weighed in on the new California High-Speed Rail proposal that had several updated routes from Bakersfield to Palmdale, Palmdale to Burbank, Burbank to Los Angeles, and Los Angeles to Anaheim. With several mountain ranges, fault lines, natural areas and densely populated regions cutting through the proposed routes, the public… Read more »

Lawmakers Scrutinizing the Viability of High Speed Rail Project

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The new California High-Speed Rail Authority business plan that was released last month went before the Assembly Transportation Committee this week. After the California Rail Authority failed to secure enough funds to connect Los Angeles to the future bullet train, the plan now calls for a cheaper segment, from San Jose to the Central Valley,… Read more »

Win For High Speed Rail Proponents: Planning and Funding Will Proceed

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A judge has ruled that the new High-Speed Rail proposal does not violate any promises made to the voters who approved the initial proposal and funding and planning can proceed.   The ruling for the $64 billion project was announced earlier this month after a group of attorneys and residents from Kings County filed a… Read more »

Change in Direction for California High Speed Rail

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After being rumored for several weeks, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has released a new business plan that will change the direction of the project. When the bullet train opens, it will start service out of the Bay area, not Southern California as had been originally planned. Under the new business plan that was… Read more »

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case that Could Affect Future Regulatory Takings Cases

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a regulatory takings case involving the debate of what is the relevant parcel for purposes of determining a regulatory taking. After a ruling by the state of Wisconsin in Murr v. Wisconsin, 359 Wisc. 2d 675 (Wis. App. 2014), rev. denied, 862 N.W.2d 899 (Wis. 2015), Joseph,… Read more »