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Feds Approve First Leg Of High-Speed Rail (Money Pit)
KFI staff ^

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.


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: highspeedrail
Just keeping the contstruction unions happy! What B.S!
1 posted on 06/14/2013 9:26:47 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

The unions and all the politicians who get paid off along the way.


2 posted on 06/14/2013 9:28:41 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean
This project will never be completed, and even if it was it's a loser. No riders.

CA will need to close it down and pay back the money since it's being obtained under fraudulent pretenses.

3 posted on 06/14/2013 9:30:01 AM PDT by muawiyah (ui)
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To: Farmer Dean

LOL! Another boon doggle. Probably be just as viable as the bill richardson New Mexico Rail Runner. Thanks for that.


4 posted on 06/14/2013 9:31:50 AM PDT by rktman
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To: muawiyah

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?


5 posted on 06/14/2013 9:32:03 AM PDT by Nip (BOHEICA and TANSTAAFL - both seem very appropriate today.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

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?


6 posted on 06/14/2013 9:32:09 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Somewhere, Willie Green is smiling.


7 posted on 06/14/2013 9:32:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Farmer Dean

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!!!


8 posted on 06/14/2013 9:32:47 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Why is a rail line within one state something the country as a whole should pay for?

Andrew Jackson, founder of the Democratic Party, vetoed the Maysville Road bill because the road was entirely in one state.

9 posted on 06/14/2013 9:33:13 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Oh, Lord
Stuck in Lodi Again....


10 posted on 06/14/2013 9:33:19 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dfwgator

Fineswine’s own little money pit. A trust fund for her whole family.


11 posted on 06/14/2013 9:33:40 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Nip
Remember that tsunami that knocked the train off the tracks in Sumatra?

A 5 would do that without needing water. It'll stick together, on its side. Then it'll burn.

12 posted on 06/14/2013 9:34:03 AM PDT by muawiyah (ui)
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To: Verginius Rufus
vetoed the Maysville Road bill because the road was entirely in one state.

Today they'd just reroute it to pass through 3/4 mile of an adjoining state.


13 posted on 06/14/2013 9:34:48 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

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?


14 posted on 06/14/2013 9:35:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Farmer Dean
Happy AssHats for the unions...
15 posted on 06/14/2013 9:36:15 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: afraidfortherepublic

You’re assuming their going to continue to permit people to own cars.


16 posted on 06/14/2013 9:36:29 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

UN Agenda 21.


17 posted on 06/14/2013 9:41:12 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Affirmative action is racial profiling.)
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To: Nip
Yeah...I want to be doing 125 mph down railroad tracks when Mother Nature decides to bend them into a pretzel.
18 posted on 06/14/2013 9:43:39 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Actually, this may have just opened up Keystone.

Will “mitigate”?

If environmentalists and the fed accept that then There is no reason why Keystone cannt go forward.


19 posted on 06/14/2013 9:45:57 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

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.


20 posted on 06/14/2013 9:49:04 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

You’ve heard of the Bridge to Nowhere.

This is the Train for No One.


21 posted on 06/14/2013 9:51:07 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

22 posted on 06/14/2013 9:51:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

From the route I’d surmise the purpose is to bring Mexicans to cut down redwood trees?


23 posted on 06/14/2013 9:52:03 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Pothead Brown: “We will have trains in our time!” /Chamberlin


24 posted on 06/14/2013 9:52:36 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.
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25 posted on 06/14/2013 9:53:22 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: muawiyah; Nip

Trains operate in quakes in California all the time. Its no big deal.

Earthquakes are hyped bigtime.


26 posted on 06/14/2013 9:58:48 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The trees are on the northern coast; the trains ain’t going there.


27 posted on 06/14/2013 10:00:33 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
High Speed?...How high speed do these dummies think any train can go at the Tehachapi loop? Not to mention all the freight trains that use this route to the bay area.
28 posted on 06/14/2013 10:08:17 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Just keeping the contstruction unions happy! What B.S!

Ha..Unions....

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

29 posted on 06/14/2013 10:22:40 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: dfwgator

Exxxxxxcellent.


30 posted on 06/14/2013 12:09:24 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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