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Federal OK for high-speed rail
Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/20/12 | Tim Sheehan

Posted on 09/20/2012 12:54:45 PM PDT by SmithL

California's controversial high-speed rail project received a boost Wednesday when the Federal Railroad Administration approved the proposed Merced-to-Fresno route, clearing the way for construction to start early next year.

A federal record of decision signed by Administrator Joseph Szabo represents the final bureaucratic hurdle for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The decision gives a federal blessing to the 60-mile route and to thousands of pages of environmental review for the project.

Backers of the project hailed the decision as historic for the development of the first high-speed train project in the nation and the start of construction in the central San Joaquin Valley. "With the federal record of decision, we are now poised to move forward and break ground next year," said Jeff Morales, the rail authority's CEO.

But the specter of lawsuits continues to hang over the project.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: choochoo; highspeedrail; pork; williegreen; yourtaxdollarsatwork

1 posted on 09/20/2012 12:54:52 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Because we’re just not wasting money fast enough, and the unions need something to do.


2 posted on 09/20/2012 12:57:10 PM PDT by lurk
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To: SmithL

Did you know that there will be a high speed rail stop in Corcoran, California? If I want to visit Charles Manson at the prison in Corcoran I can get thier in a hurry. I can hardly wait. /s


3 posted on 09/20/2012 12:58:17 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: SmithL

The Train from no where.

Buying votes.

We are Idiots.


4 posted on 09/20/2012 12:58:45 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: SmithL

What? We aren’t getting to the fiscal cliff fast enough?


5 posted on 09/20/2012 1:07:02 PM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: hadaclueonce

I’ll bet they refuse to use Rearden Metal rails.


6 posted on 09/20/2012 1:09:41 PM PDT by Brownie63
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To: SmithL

The master plan connects a whole lot of cities (as I understand it).

This 60 mile stretch does nothing and will not see much use unless it is your job to maintain, run and manage it.

The entire idea is a wastefull boonedoggle that California can ill-afford to support. I predict that this will be the only section that ever gets built. It will be 3X the budget and CA will have to fork over what is over budget. The mainenance costs will be 2X the budget. The system will be plagued with problems and be unreliable to unsafe.

There will be lawsuits and investigations and by the time another section of the track is to be built, the first one will be in need of expensive renovations.

California is embarrassing and a drain on the national economy.


7 posted on 09/20/2012 1:10:22 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: SmithL

Take 30 spotted owls + 100 blind spiders + several species of endangered lizards, mix lightly in a VERY large bag, release along the proposed train route, call the Sierra CLub and VOILA!!!

Bye-bye!!!!


8 posted on 09/20/2012 1:13:12 PM PDT by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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To: SmithL
The Chicoms send their thanks.
9 posted on 09/20/2012 1:18:30 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: ZULU

Take 30 spotted owls + 100 blind spiders + several species of endangered lizards

What! You forgot the little fish? What kind of person are you;-)


10 posted on 09/20/2012 1:20:30 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: SmithL

Adolph made sure all the trains ran on time, too.


11 posted on 09/20/2012 1:23:45 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Bitsy

Can’t they find a flea, tick or moth to claim is ***endangered*** to stop that POS waste-of-money, from being built? The enviro-wackos always find one to stop logging, drilling or other job-creating projects? FIND ONE, California Conservative Groups, and SUE to stop it!


12 posted on 09/20/2012 1:26:49 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: SmithL

So that’s where the Alaskans went wrong! They should have proposed running a train over their “bridge to nowhere” and it would have been embraced by all.


13 posted on 09/20/2012 1:30:34 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Taranto: "The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you're the dog.")
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To: SmithL

We should start a pool on when the first eco-Nazi lawsuit will be filed asking for an injunction.


14 posted on 09/20/2012 1:46:12 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: VeniVidiVici

.............We should start a pool on when the first eco-Nazi lawsuit will be filed asking for an injunction...................

That would be the first and only time that I wouldd support the eco-Nazis.

Hopefully the San Andreas fault will stymie the fast rail plans. What a total waste of Chinese loaned money!


15 posted on 09/20/2012 1:56:37 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: SmithL
60-mile route

Why not try a normal-speed passenger train? Merced is not exactly LA...

I was in Merced to visit a ski boat company ... nice location thou, but HSR??

16 posted on 09/20/2012 2:13:09 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: Tenacious 1

That Sacramento Bee article is a laugh riot. Imagine if World War II being managed the way that California high-speed rail is being handled. German Bombers are on their way to London, but before the British air force can scramble their interceptors, they receive a an urgent memo from the High Command ordering them to modify their propellers for noise reduction.

Even that seems lame compared to reality. You can’t make this stuff up.


17 posted on 09/20/2012 2:15:33 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: SmithL

Gotta steal that money quick because it might not be there after the New Year.


18 posted on 09/20/2012 3:12:46 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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