It has been almost three months since our last real High Cost Rail post, but our centennial post is a rare bit of good news on the costly boondoggle thread. As reported by our intrepid colleague at Examiner.com one of the anti-HSR lawsuits has been cleared to proceed. Kathy Hamilton writes
Michael Brady, co-counsel on the Tos/Fukuda/Kings county case commented on the court’s action on April 15, 2014: "The plaintiffs are gratified by the court's ruling; this will allow us to proceed to an actual trial on important remaining issues, such as:
*The Authority will be unable to meet the mandatory requirement of Proposition 1A that the trip from LA to SF must be made in less than 2 hours 40 minutes;
*The project will be unable to operate without a state, local, or federal subsidy, which it is required to do;
*The Authority is planning to use the bond proceeds for purposes not authorized by the bond Act (1A), and this violates the state Constitution.
*Any of these (and other) violations means that the project is INELIGIBLE to receive Proposition 1A bond funds, our contention from the beginning."
The best way to strangle this boondoggle is by closing the wallet on it. Let's hope that comes to pass.