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  • Bullet train sparks fight as old as Texas: progress v tradition

    02/18/2018 8:33:31 AM PST · by Elderberry · 34 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/16/2018 | Dug Begley
    William Shelton will not let go of the past, even if it is in the way of someone else's future. He has spent more than five years rebuilding his family's ancestral home, board by board, and has no intention of leaving it or the 250-acre farm that has been in his family since 1851. Two years ago, surveyors started showing up, wanting a clear idea of his property lines for Texas Central Railway, the company behind plans for a 200-mph "bullet train" connecting Houston to Dallas. The proposed route would go through Shelton's farm. "I guarantee I will be restoring...
  • Bullet train audit request gains momentum: Breaking View (California, of course)

    01/24/2018 7:03:12 PM PST · by Mark · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 1/24/2018 | Sal Rodriguez
    January 24, 2018 at 2:26 pm Editorís note: Breaking views are thoughts from individual members of the editorial board on todayís headlines. Californiaís bullet train project has basically been one long, embarrassing and wasteful disaster ever since it got started. Alas, it persists. The latest update on the first phase of the project, the 119-mile Central Valley section considered the easiest to build, came out a week ago, when the rail authority had to revise its 2016 cost estimate of $7.8 billion in favor of the more realistic though perhaps still optimistic $10.6 billion. It was originally expected to cost...
  • Cost climbs by $2.8 billion for California bullet train

    01/16/2018 3:22:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2018 5:21 PM EST | Kathleen Ronayne
    Officials increased the cost estimate for the first phase of Californiaís high speed rail project by 35 percent on Tuesday, to $10.6 billion. That would put the entire cost of the train from San Francisco to Los Angeles at roughly $67 billion, although officials said they hope to recover the newly announced costs later. [Ö] The $2.8 billion price jump is for a 119-mile (191-kilometer) segment in the Central Valley, which is partially under construction. The fresh costs are due to trouble acquiring rights of way for the track, the need to build more barriers along the tracks and other...
  • As Trains Derail in Washington,CA Moves Full Speed Ahead on a Costly ďBullet TrainĒ Project

    12/22/2017 6:25:14 AM PST · by davikkm · 13 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    ďMy high-speed rail proposal will lead to innovations that change the way we travel in America,Ē Obama boldly proclaimed during his first year of his first term. A recent Investorís Business Daily article pointed out that the recent Amtrak train derailment near Tacoma, Washington, was on a stretch of track that was the direct result of President Obamaís pie in the sky vision of high-speed rail under his stimulus plan. Mondayís crash of the Amtrak train, which killed three and injured many more, was remarkable in that this was the very first route of this line on a new track...
  • California Battles Trump as Gov. Brown Seeks Federal Help for Bullet Train

    05/19/2017 8:22:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/19/2017 | Rod Kackley
    While the California attorney general pleads for more state funding to battle the Trump administration in court and the legislature extends a $25,000 monthly contract to bring the top legal minds of Eric Holderís law firm to bear against the White House; Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is asking President Trump for help with Californiaís high-speed train project. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) told a Senate Budget Subcommittee on May 4 his office needs more money to continue fighting Trumpís executive orders. Becerra, who took office in January, has already filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over an Interior...
  • California's Boondoggle Bullet Train Goes Off The (Fiscal) Rails

    03/21/2017 8:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    IBD ^ | 03/21/2017
    State Waste: The Golden State's vaunted bullet train project, planned to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles, may be in its financial death throes. If so, it's probably the best fiscal news for the Golden State in years. To say that Gov. Jerry Brown's pet project, the so-called high-speed train, is troubled would be an understatement. From the very beginning, it has been a testament to political hubris, fiscal irresponsibility, outright lies and abysmal planning. The bullet train idea was floated on a blustery gust of political promises in 2008, when proponents put the high-speed rail to the state's voters...
  • Texas Bullet Train Project Reaches Key Milestones in Land Option Program

    03/14/2017 2:33:48 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 43 replies
    North Dallas Gazette ^ | March 13, 2017
    DALLAS ¬ĖTexas Central, developers of the state¬ís high-speed train, announced on February 7th that it reached a signiÔ¨Ācant milestone in its land option program, the result of collaborative and ongoing engagements with property owners and stakeholders along the project¬ís potential route. The company said it has reached option agreements on about 30 percent of the parcels estimate to be needed for the bullet train¬ís route in the 10-county stretch between North Texas and Houston. Negotiations have resulted in option agreements in all 10 counties, including 50 percent of the parcels for the proposed route in Waller and Grimes counties. Grimes...
  • California's bullet train hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, federal report warns

    01/14/2017 4:56:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/14/2017 | Ralph Vartabedian
    Californiaís bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated ó as much as $3.6 billion more. And thatís just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter, just north of Bakersfield, could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning,...
  • California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun...

    01/13/2017 1:38:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Ralph Vartabedian
    Californiaís bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated ó as much as $3.6 billion more. And thatís just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning, lags in processing invoices...
  • Biggest Transportation Battles of 2016 to Continue in the New Year (Texas)

    01/02/2017 8:15:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | December 27, 2016 | Brandon Formby
    The cost of toll roads, the toll of urban congestion, ride-hailing battles and a high-speed train war garnered plenty of attention in Texas this year. And after the Legislature spent two sessions focusing on highway funding, lawmakers now appear poised to tackle other transportation matters next year. Here's a look at the year's biggest transportation stories and how they may continue to unfold in the coming months:1. Uber and Lyft roll out of Austin after losing city electionNational ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft stopped operating in Austin after voters there rejected an ordinance that would have repealed certain regulations, including...
  • Governor Brown signs High-Speed Rail Property Sale Notification bill into law

    08/23/2016 11:25:15 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    abc30.com ^ | 8/23/16 | abc30.com
    The bill, authored by Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford), will give previous owners of property, once thought to be in one of the many proposed paths of High-Speed Rail, the opportunity to buy it back if the state is selling it. The new law will require the High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) to notify previous property owners when it plans to sell unneeded property, then wait 30 days before selling it.
  • Hype the Loop

    06/11/2016 7:16:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/11/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Dream on you loopians, just don't expect me to fund your crazy ideas! There is a new company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) that intends to revolutionize high speed continental travel. Itís CEO, Dirk Ahlborn, recently announced an agreement with the Slovakian government to build Hyperloops from Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia, and from Bratislava to Budapest, Hungary. Its competitor, Hyperloop One, recently tested an open air propulsion test of a vehicle with its ďBlade RunnerĒ test rig. The Japanese ďbullet trainsĒ going at 200 mph are like snails in comparison. The new hyper-things are envisaged to do about 760 mph....
  • China will not build L.A.-to-Vegas rail line ó U.S. company calls the deal off

    06/09/2016 8:34:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    L A Times ^ | 06/08/2016
    Nine months after announcing that China would help build a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the private U.S. company behind the plan said late Wednesday that the deal was off. A bullet train stops at the platform before it travels to Lanzhou from the Urumqi south railway station in XpressWest said the decision to terminate the relationship with China Railway International was based ďprimarily upon difficulties associated with timely performance and CRIís challenges in obtaining required authority to proceed with required development activities.Ē XpressWest indicated that its ďbiggest challengeĒ was a federal government requirement that high-speed...
  • Yet another green fail imperils California half-fast Ďbulletí train

    05/27/2016 7:53:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 27, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Jerry Brownís dream of constructing a high speed rail line connecting the Bay Area with Southern California suffered a major setback this week, but rest assured every effort is being made to spend enough money quickly enough to make pulling the plug seem unreasonable. Construction costs of the project have escalated so rapidly since the times state voters narrowly approved a bond issue that instead of constructing new tracks in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, the trains will share existing tracks with conventional freight and commuter trains, drastically increasing travel time, and making the trains half-fast at best. But...
  • Californiaís $64 Billion Bullet Train To Nowhere Gets Delayed Ö Again

    05/24/2016 5:12:47 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/23/2016 | John Merline
    In the late 1800s, it took railroad companies six years to lay 1,907 miles of track for what was to become the Transcontinental Railroad (or as Barack Obama calls it, the Intercontinental Railroad). Building that railroad line required tunneling through mountains ó at one foot a day ó building bridges ó including one that spanned 700 feet ó and doing all the work almost entirely by hand. As best, it will now take seven years for California to lay 119 miles of track ó on relatively flat ground in the middle of nowhere. That news came from a contract revision...
  • Did Elon Musk just make Californiaís $64 billion bullet train obsolete before itís even built?

    05/13/2016 4:17:34 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/12/2016 | John Merline
    Just three years after Elon Musk described his sci-fi-esque vision for ďhyperloopĒ travel, one of two competing companies, Hyperloop One, successfully conducted its first proof-of-concept test in Nevada.
  • State releases new details on possible bullet train routes

    04/10/2016 8:47:18 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 32 replies
    La Slimes ^ | 4.08.16 | Ralph Vartabedian
    The report noted that "the Bakersfield to Palmdale section includes a variety of constraints that pose significant technical and environmental challenges, including seismic faults, steep grades through the Tehachapi Mountains and flood plains." The route could require as many as 59 grade separations for highways.
  • Japan and India agree bullet train, nuclear deals

    12/12/2015 9:25:15 AM PST · by entropy12 · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Today 12/12/15 | AFP
    Japan will build India's first bullet train under a sweeping tally of agreements made following talks in New Delhi Saturday, deepening a partnership Prime Minister Narendra Modi said would "shape the course of Asia". The Indian premier spoke warmly of his friendship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the power of their political alliance, after agreeing deals on the $15 bn high-speed train, defence technology and civil nuclear cooperation. Both Modi and Abe are right-wing nationalists and economic reformers who have forged an unusually close relationship since the Indian leader came to power last year, partly to counter China's...
  • California's Bullet Train Will Take Even Longer To Go Nowhere

    10/27/2015 7:29:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    IBD ^ | 10/27/2015
    California's high-speed rail project will never make its current 2022 arrival time, according to the Los Angeles Times. Doesn't this strike anyone in charge of this costly boondoggle as ironic? The Los Angeles Times does a commendable job of providing a reality check to the increasingly out-of-touch project. After reviewing project documents and talking to various experts, the paper concluded, "The deadline and budget targets will almost certainly be missed," and state officials have "underestimated the challenges ahead." Officials still haven't settled on a route, they're behind schedule in acquiring land, getting permits and financing, and the project faces several...
  • $68-billion California bullet train project likely to overshoot budget and deadline targets

    10/24/2015 6:57:47 PM PDT · by BAW · 57 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10-24-2015 | Ralph Vartabedian
    he monumental task of building California's bullet train will require punching 36 miles of tunnels through the geologically complex mountains north of Los Angeles. Crews will have to cross the tectonic boundary that separates the North American and Pacific plates, boring through a jumble of fractured rock formations and a maze of earthquake faults, some of which are not mapped. It will be the most ambitious tunneling project in the nation's history. State officials say the tunnels will be finished by 2022 ó along with 300 miles of track, dozens of bridges or viaducts, high-voltage electrical systems, a maintenance plant...