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November 13, 2019


Bruce Dickinson

California can't even pay for this when we are at the peak of a booming economy. Once a recession hits, the HSR as originally conceived will probably and finally die. Too bad billions have (and still will be) wasted until then.

To Bruce Dickinson, THAT is the real impeachable offense, if ya know what I mean!?


Direct from the CHSRA:

Video Release: 2019 Wrap-Up for Major Construction Progress on High-Speed Rail

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued a video highlighting some of the major construction milestones that happened this year on the high-speed rail project. Kicking off the year with the completion of the realignment of State Route 99 in the city of Fresno, there are now nearly 30 major construction sites underway throughout the 119 miles of high-speed rail construction in the Valley. Several projects have been completed, with major progress also being made on existing ones, such as the San Joaquin River Viaduct and Fresno Trench projects. This construction has resulted in millions of investments that have been made in the region, with more than 350 small businesses from the Central Valley participating in the project and over 3,000 construction workers dispatched to date. For the latest on construction, visit BuildHSR.com.


I've not heard of the LA Daily News before--only the LA Times who is also vocally anti-HSR. But the Daily News is on the case as legislators sort of get back to work:

In an encouraging development, the Assembly Transportation Committee returned from lockdown exile and immediately advanced two bills to curtail a reckless plan by the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

This editorial board has urged lawmakers to heed the warning from the Legislative Analyst’s Office to move quickly if it wants to make changes to the rail authority’s current plans, which call for signing 30 contracts this year to commit the project to costly and inflexible electrification plans.

On Monday, the committee voted in favor of Assembly Bill 3213 by Luz Rivas, D-Arleta, which would require the rail authority to prioritize projects that provide the “most overall benefits to the state.” The criteria for determining those benefits include “increasing passenger rail ridership” and “replacing automobile trips with passenger rail trips.”

The effect of the law would be to foil the plans of the rail authority to proceed with contracts for electrification on the Central Valley segment and route several billion dollars to making improvements in highly populated areas such as Los Angeles.

Click through--there's more about the second bill on public subsidies and a little parlor trick being played.


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