Skip to comments.Feds Approve First Leg Of High-Speed Rail (Money Pit)
Posted on 06/14/2013 9:26:47 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
The California High-Speed Rail Authority won approval Thursday from a federal railroad oversight board to start construction this summer on the first leg of what would be the nation's first bullet train.
In a 67-page decision issued Thursday, the Surface Transportation Board ruled 2-1 that the state could begin work on the first 65 miles of the project from Merced to Fresno, as long as it maintains the current route and follows through on promises to mitigate damage to the environment caused by construction.
The STB's ruling removes a key hurdle for the rail authority to start construction of the $68 billion system in the Central Valley. A ruling against the state could have caused substantial delays and cost overruns for the project, which is under tight federal construction deadlines to collect billions of dollars in federal matching grants.
The unions and all the politicians who get paid off along the way.
CA will need to close it down and pay back the money since it's being obtained under fraudulent pretenses.
LOL! Another boon doggle. Probably be just as viable as the bill richardson New Mexico Rail Runner. Thanks for that.
So far I haven seen the one thing that will kill the high speed train line.
imagine being in a high speed train going 125 mph when an earthquake hits. Nothing major just a 5 on the scale.
How would the wreckage spread?
What happens to the current trains that run along that route? Will they be shut down during contruction and all the passengers forced on to the bus? Will they build parallel tracks?
Somewhere, Willie Green is smiling.
Our taxpayer dollars at work...on a train to nowhere which will end up having to be subsidized. Maybe field workers will be whizzing around the state to see their relatives and support the whole system??? God! What a waste of money!!!
Andrew Jackson, founder of the Democratic Party, vetoed the Maysville Road bill because the road was entirely in one state.
Stuck in Lodi Again....
Fineswine’s own little money pit. A trust fund for her whole family.
A 5 would do that without needing water. It'll stick together, on its side. Then it'll burn.
I forgot the main question: who wants to go from Merced to Fresno? San Francisco to Fresno makes more sense. Or, Oakland to Fresno.
Merced to Fresno takes about an hour by car. Who needs HSRail for that?
You’re assuming their going to continue to permit people to own cars.
UN Agenda 21.
Actually, this may have just opened up Keystone.
If environmentalists and the fed accept that then There is no reason why Keystone cannt go forward.
really fast, fixed path, 19th century technology. i know the locomotives are different, but the design concept is no different.
why anyone would build something new that has to be on rails and is so inflexible to additions and demographic changes and demands, is beyond me.
You’ve heard of the Bridge to Nowhere.
This is the Train for No One.
From the route I’d surmise the purpose is to bring Mexicans to cut down redwood trees?
Pothead Brown: “We will have trains in our time!” /Chamberlin
The purpose of the project is twofold:
1. Feed the greedy unions, who in turn fund big spending legislators.
2. Sever as many east-west roads as possible, making it easier to corral people leaving the coast in an emergency, and disarm them at checkpoints.
Trains operate in quakes in California all the time. Its no big deal.
Earthquakes are hyped bigtime.
The trees are on the northern coast; the trains ain’t going there.
Feinsteins hubby BLUMB got the contract...
The Perini-Zachary-Parsons bid was the lowest received from the five consortia participating in the bidding process, but low is a relative term. The firms bid $985,142,530 to build the wildly anticipated first section of high speed rail track that will tie the megopolis of Madera to the global finance center of Fresno. Do the division, and you find that the low bid came in at a mere $35 million per mile.
Perini has been caught doing such things over and over again. They are absolutely ridiculous in California projects. According to the Seattle News some of the Perini headlines read: In February, Tutor-Saliba and Perini agreed to pay $19 million to settle racketeering and fraud allegations in a San Francisco airport project. The companies are embroiled in an 11 year legal battle over $16 million in extra costs on a Los Angeles subway job. (p) Lefties, who generally support the high speed rail project, are probably a bit flummoxed by this news because they have railed (nice pun, huh?) against Blum and Feinstein for what they call criminal collusion in the granting of defense contracts.
Only in Crazifornia would the wheels still be on this train. But on and on and on it chugs, dodging all fiscal reality on its trip to the Great Sea of Red Ink