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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Awards Nearly $1 Billion for California High-Speed Rail
U.S. Department of Transportation ^ | November 22, 2011 | U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Posted on 11/27/2011 10:25:17 AM PST by mdittmar

Building First Segment Will Employ More Than 100,000 People over Next Five Years


WASHINGTON - U.S.  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today awarded a $928.6 million grant to the California High-Speed Rail Authority for initial construction of California High-Speed Rail. Construction will begin next year in Fresno, creating tens of thousands of jobs in California.

“California’s population will grow by 60 percent over the next 40 years,” said Secretary LaHood. “Investing in a green, job creating high-speed rail network is less expensive and more practical than paying for all of the expansions to already congested highways and airports that would be necessary to accommodate the state’s projected population boom.”


Today’s grant, when combined with voter-approved state support and previously-awarded federal dollars, will fund the construction of the first usable segment of the California system in the Central Valley. In the recently released business plan, the Authority embraced a phased implementation similar to those used for international systems.  The first construction project will put more than 100,000 people to work during the next five years. Over the course of the network’s construction, more than one million jobs are expected to be created, and the economic activity spurred by the new system is expected to add up to 450,000 new non-high-speed rail jobs to the California economy by 2040. 

California’s 220-mph high-speed rail system will connect to the rest of the state’s transportation network, improving local, regional and international mobility. Travelers moving throughout the state will connect to local transit and commuter service to reach their final destinations, reducing the need to add more highway trips through a state that is home to six of the ten most congested metropolitan areas in the nation. A recent study by the Texas Transportation Institute found Californians consumed more than 38 million gallons of fuel while stuck in traffic last year.

California is one of thirty-two states across the U.S. and the District of Columbia that are laying the foundation for high-speed rail corridors that will link Americans with faster and more energy-efficient travel options. To date, the U.S. Department of Transportation has invested $10.1 billion to put American communities on track towards new and expanded rail access and improved reliability, speed, and frequency of existing service.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: anything4abuck; boondoggle; boughtandpaid4; bullettrain; california; doubleclicktoday; goldenfleeceaward; highspeedrail; nevada; raylahood; reid; rino; sellout; ustransdept; whiteelephant; williegreen
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harry reids baby,DesertXpress,is asking for $4.9 billion in federal loans.

I imagine that will be approved soon,hey,it's only our money;)

1 posted on 11/27/2011 10:25:18 AM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Obama’s gift to California’s boondoggle.

To the bustling metropolises of Borden and Corcoran.

California needs a Bullet Train To Nowhere like it needs a bullet in the head!


2 posted on 11/27/2011 10:31:51 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mdittmar

Obama’s gift to California’s boondoggle.

To the bustling metropolises of Borden and Corcoran.

California needs a Bullet Train To Nowhere like it needs a bullet in the head!


3 posted on 11/27/2011 10:32:23 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mdittmar
“Investing in a green, job creating high-speed rail network is less expensive and more practical than paying for all of the expansions to already congested highways and airports

How will high speed rail uncongest highways and airports? I though you'd need lots of riders to do that. High speed rail is a union gift in return for votes and kickbacks.

4 posted on 11/27/2011 10:32:30 AM PST by umgud
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To: umgud

Yep. Is it a union pander for votes...as if they need a pander.


5 posted on 11/27/2011 10:35:40 AM PST by rlmorel (The Rats won't be satisfied until every industry in the USA is in ruins and ripe for nationalization)
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To: umgud

Yep. Is it a union pander for votes...as if they need a pander.


6 posted on 11/27/2011 10:35:50 AM PST by rlmorel (The Rats won't be satisfied until every industry in the USA is in ruins and ripe for nationalization)
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To: umgud

Total economic collapse inches closer


7 posted on 11/27/2011 10:36:57 AM PST by precisionshootist
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To: umgud

I thought Congress cut off funding for this White Elephant. Obama ignored Congress anyway.

This is simply a political reward for Obama’s Democratic supporters in California.

Watch out for the cost overruns on this. With union feather-bedding and what have you, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!


8 posted on 11/27/2011 10:39:31 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: umgud

I thought Congress cut off funding for this White Elephant. Obama ignored Congress anyway.

This is simply a political reward for Obama’s Democratic supporters in California.

Watch out for the cost overruns on this. With union feather-bedding and what have you, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!


9 posted on 11/27/2011 10:39:36 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: umgud

I thought Congress cut off funding for this White Elephant. Obama ignored Congress anyway.

This is simply a political reward for Obama’s Democratic supporters in California.

Watch out for the cost overruns on this. With union feather-bedding and what have you, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!


10 posted on 11/27/2011 10:39:46 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: umgud

I thought Congress cut off funding for this White Elephant. Obama ignored Congress anyway.

This is simply a political reward for Obama’s Democratic supporters in California.

Watch out for the cost overruns on this. With union feather-bedding and what have you, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!


11 posted on 11/27/2011 10:39:50 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: umgud

I thought Congress cut off funding for this White Elephant. Obama ignored Congress anyway.

This is simply a political reward for Obama’s Democratic supporters in California.

Watch out for the cost overruns on this. With union feather-bedding and what have you, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!


12 posted on 11/27/2011 10:40:22 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: umgud

I thought Congress cut off funding for this White Elephant. Obama ignored Congress anyway.

This is simply a political reward for Obama’s Democratic supporters in California.

Watch out for the cost overruns on this. With union feather-bedding and what have you, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!


13 posted on 11/27/2011 10:40:27 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mdittmar
...for initial construction

Based on current "high speed rail" expenses in other venues, $928 million will pay for about 50 feet.

14 posted on 11/27/2011 10:43:26 AM PST by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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To: mdittmar
...for initial construction

Based on current "high speed rail" expenses in other venues, $928 million will pay for about 50 feet.

15 posted on 11/27/2011 10:44:33 AM PST by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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To: mdittmar

Somewhere, Willie Green is sobbing with joy!


16 posted on 11/27/2011 10:45:08 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mdittmar

Somewhere, Willie Green is sobbing with joy!


17 posted on 11/27/2011 10:45:22 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mdittmar

Somewhere, Willie Green is sobbing with joy!


18 posted on 11/27/2011 10:45:32 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: denydenydeny

I’d be surprised if they manage to finish the showpiece track to nowhere from Borden to Corcoran on time and on schedule!


19 posted on 11/27/2011 10:48:16 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: umgud
So, home to viist in distant city ~ car to station. Park. Bus to station. Wait on train. Ride train. Get off train. Bus to car rental. Drive around.

Reverse course.

That's 10 intermodal transfer situations.

Compare to visting a distant city by hopping in car and driving self to destination and walking in the door. Then returning.

There's 2 intermodals in that one and no wait time.

The guys at DOT are passing out money to their transportation design buddies. Nothing will come of this. High speed rail is something whose time has come and gone (1948) and new and superior technology is racing ahead.

20 posted on 11/27/2011 10:52:20 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: goldstategop

The most jobs created from this construction will be in Hollywood as the film industry will strt cranking out high-speed rail disaster movies one after another.


21 posted on 11/27/2011 10:53:06 AM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: muawiyah

Yup.The US Transportation Department and California see no reason to spend the money to upgrade freeways, build new segments and upgrade airport runways to handle increased demand.

Instead, they’ll waste a $1 billion dollars laying rail road track for rolling stock that’ll never run on it and which no one will get to ride.

Hey, its only taxpayers money to the tune of $1 billion dollars.

California is beyond stupid!


22 posted on 11/27/2011 10:57:49 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: muawiyah

Its just cheaper to fly from LA to Fresno. There’s no need for the bullet train to do what air travel can already fulfill cheaper and faster.

I can only conclude Ray LaHood is the dumbest Secretary Of Transportation we’ve ever had!


23 posted on 11/27/2011 11:03:47 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: muawiyah

Its just cheaper to fly from LA to Fresno. There’s no need for the bullet train to do what air travel can already fulfill cheaper and faster.

I can only conclude Ray LaHood is the dumbest Secretary Of Transportation we’ve ever had!


24 posted on 11/27/2011 11:03:59 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: muawiyah

Its just cheaper to fly from LA to Fresno. There’s no need for the bullet train to do what air travel can already fulfill cheaper and faster.

I can only conclude Ray LaHood is the dumbest Secretary Of Transportation we’ve ever had!


25 posted on 11/27/2011 11:04:03 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: muawiyah

Its just cheaper to fly from LA to Fresno. There’s no need for the bullet train to do what air travel can already fulfill cheaper and faster.

I can only conclude Ray LaHood is the dumbest Secretary Of Transportation we’ve ever had!


26 posted on 11/27/2011 11:04:23 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: muawiyah

Its just cheaper to fly from LA to Fresno. There’s no need for the bullet train to do what air travel can already fulfill cheaper and faster.

I can only conclude Ray LaHood is the dumbest Secretary Of Transportation we’ve ever had!


27 posted on 11/27/2011 11:04:32 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: muawiyah

Its just cheaper to fly from LA to Fresno. There’s no need for the bullet train to do what air travel can already fulfill cheaper and faster.

I can only conclude Ray LaHood is the dumbest Secretary Of Transportation we’ve ever had!


28 posted on 11/27/2011 11:04:36 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: muawiyah

Its just cheaper to fly from LA to Fresno. There’s no need for the bullet train to do what air travel can already fulfill cheaper and faster.

I can only conclude Ray LaHood is the dumbest Secretary Of Transportation we’ve ever had!


29 posted on 11/27/2011 11:04:54 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: muawiyah

Its just cheaper to fly from LA to Fresno. There’s no need for the bullet train to do what air travel can already fulfill cheaper and faster.

I can only conclude Ray LaHood is the dumbest Secretary Of Transportation we’ve ever had!


30 posted on 11/27/2011 11:05:13 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mdittmar

So people can leave tax heavy California quicker or to help them gamble more in Vegas than with the local Indians?


31 posted on 11/27/2011 11:08:36 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy

High speed rail is obsolete 19th technology. Despite the fact no one wants to ride this bullet train, liberals insist on ramming it down Californians’ throats - regardless of whether or not a market demand actually exists for it.


32 posted on 11/27/2011 11:14:15 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: A CA Guy

High speed rail is obsolete 19th technology. Despite the fact no one wants to ride this bullet train, liberals insist on ramming it down Californians’ throats - regardless of whether or not a market demand actually exists for it.


33 posted on 11/27/2011 11:14:21 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mdittmar
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today awarded a $928.6 million grant to the California High-Speed Rail Authority for initial construction of California High-Speed Rail.

Is that a rail line that is operated one way to the border only?

If so, it may be a worthwhile endeavor in the long run.

34 posted on 11/27/2011 11:20:24 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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No - its for track in the middle of nowhere between two rural towns with no population to speak of - unless you count the inmates at the state prison in Corcoran! Truly the bullet train to nowhere!

Heh


35 posted on 11/27/2011 11:26:20 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: EGPWS

No - its for track in the middle of nowhere between two rural towns with no population to speak of - unless you count the inmates at the state prison in Corcoran! Truly the bullet train to nowhere!

Heh


36 posted on 11/27/2011 11:26:34 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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“California’s population will grow by 60 percent over the next 40 years,” said Secretary LaHood.

Like He!!. If anything, California's population will decline. People and businesses are leaving CA like rats deserting a sinking ship. And speaking of sinking...

37 posted on 11/27/2011 11:48:30 AM PST by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: mdittmar
“California’s population will grow by 60 percent over the next 40 years,” said Secretary LaHood.

Like He!!. If anything, California's population will decline. People and businesses are leaving CA like rats deserting a sinking ship. And speaking of sinking...

38 posted on 11/27/2011 11:48:41 AM PST by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: upchuck; John Robinson

Sorry for the double post. The 503 errors are troublesome.


39 posted on 11/27/2011 11:49:53 AM PST by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: upchuck; John Robinson

Sorry for the double post. The 503 errors are troublesome.


40 posted on 11/27/2011 11:49:59 AM PST by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: upchuck; John Robinson

Sorry for the double post. The 503 errors are troublesome.


41 posted on 11/27/2011 11:50:09 AM PST by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: mdittmar

California is one of thirty-two states across the U.S. and the District of Columbia that are laying the foundation for high-speed rail corridors that will link Americans with faster and more energy-efficient travel options. To date, the U.S. Department of Transportation has invested $10.1 billion to put American communities on track towards new and expanded rail access and improved reliability, speed, and frequency of existing service.
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Here is the current total miles of track that have already laid: Zero miles.

Note that this total is expected to increase over the next few years to: Zero miles.

We also have an estimate of the number of high speed rail projects that are expected to generate sufficient revenues to both pay off the $billions in bonds that were necessary to pay for these boondoggle projects as well as cover operating expenses. That total is: Zero.


42 posted on 11/27/2011 12:08:28 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: goldstategop

Willie Green always seemed so sad,use to try and cheer him up.


43 posted on 11/27/2011 12:17:09 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: InterceptPoint

The $1 billion is not sufficient to cover even the distance between Borden and Corcoran - with California voter-approved bonds added to the mix, that adds up to $4 billion and there is no stable and reliable revenue source to finance the complete, projected cost of the entire project.

Its a joke!


44 posted on 11/27/2011 12:20:15 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: InterceptPoint

The $1 billion is not sufficient to cover even the distance between Borden and Corcoran - with California voter-approved bonds added to the mix, that adds up to $4 billion and there is no stable and reliable revenue source to finance the complete, projected cost of the entire project.

Its a joke!


45 posted on 11/27/2011 12:20:20 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mdittmar

In 2010, the median household income was $52,026. So, for every $1 million that government wastes, it destroys the income (and jobs required for that income) of about 20 median households. For every $1 billion, it is about 20,000 jobs.

Not only is this HSR project an outrageous waste, but its operational, upkeep and depreciation will be even a greater burden that will be perpetual.

The project’s civil engineering works will be a perpetual monument to the politicians who supported it, just as the defunct wind power units are becoming.


46 posted on 11/27/2011 12:39:34 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: mdittmar

Somewhere, Willie Green is smiling.


47 posted on 11/27/2011 12:41:57 PM PST by sport
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To: theBuckwheat

As far as I can see, there is no practical demand for something that is at best decades away from being delivered.

But it does aussage the vanity of current politicians and allows them to pretend they are meeting future transportation needs. No such thing will happen with the bullet train.

Like everything else that’s wrong about liberal politics, its form over substance.


48 posted on 11/27/2011 12:49:42 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: theBuckwheat

As far as I can see, there is no practical demand for something that is at best decades away from being delivered.

But it does aussage the vanity of current politicians and allows them to pretend they are meeting future transportation needs. No such thing will happen with the bullet train.

Like everything else that’s wrong about liberal politics, its form over substance.


49 posted on 11/27/2011 12:49:49 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mdittmar

Projected final cost: $20 billion.


50 posted on 11/27/2011 12:50:27 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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