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  • Governor Brown signs High-Speed Rail Property Sale Notification bill into law

    08/23/2016 11:25:15 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 19 replies ^ | 8/23/16 |
    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. It’s 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 “Blade Runner” test rig. The Japanese “bullet trains” 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 — 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 “primarily upon difficulties associated with timely performance and CRI’s challenges in obtaining required authority to proceed with required development activities.” XpressWest indicated that its “biggest challenge” was a federal government requirement that high-speed...
  • Yet another green fail imperils California half-fast ‘bullet’ train

    05/27/2016 7:53:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 27, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Jerry Brown’s 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...
  • California’s $64 Billion Bullet Train To Nowhere Gets Delayed … 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 — at one foot a day — building bridges — including one that spanned 700 feet — 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 — on relatively flat ground in the middle of nowhere. That news came from a contract revision...
  • Did Elon Musk just make California’s $64 billion bullet train obsolete before it’s 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 “hyperloop” 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 — along with 300 miles of track, dozens of bridges or viaducts, high-voltage electrical systems, a maintenance plant...
  • China may have edge in race to build California's bullet train

    05/21/2015 9:36:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/21/15 | Robin Respaut and Rory Carroll | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese state firms are poised to be strong contenders in the race to make high-speed trains that will sprint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, part of a $68 billion project to bring the service to the United States for the first time. While "bullet train" manufacturers from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and France are expected to be among those jockeying for the estimated $1 billion train contract, China’s ability to offer low prices and hefty financing appear to make it the one to beat, say lobbyists and industry insiders. Lacking experience in the technology, California...

    05/16/2015 4:22:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014 | by MICHELLE MOONS
    “Dam [thumbs up]… Train [thumbs down]… Governor, put our water before your train,” reads a billboard message erected by Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau, revealed this week in California’s Central Valley. “We don’t have a train shortage, we have a water shortage,” Brandau told Breitbart California. His message comes as California is in serious, extended drought, while Governor Jerry Brown has made it his priority to push forward the troubled high-speed rail project. The “Dam” references the proposed Temperance Flat Dam. In 2014, Californians were sold on passing the Proposition 1 water bond on the premise that funds would be...
  • State will finally break ground in Fresno on high-speed rail construction

    12/14/2014 1:57:22 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 76 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | December 12, 2014 | BY TIM SHEEHAN
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority will officially break ground next month in Fresno on construction of its statewide bullet-train route. The Jan. 6 groundbreaking ceremony, announced Friday afternoon, comes about a year and a half after the agency awarded its first construction contract, a $1 billion deal to design and build the first 29-mile section from Madera to the south end of Fresno... ~~snip~~ California voters approved Proposition 1A, a $9.9 billion bond measure to help finance a high-speed rail system, in November 2008. But it wasn’t until the fall of 2010, when the Obama administration and the Federal Railroad...
  • Japan's Groundbreaking Bullet Train Is Officially 50 Years Old [No fatal accidents in five decades!]

    10/04/2014 12:21:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/04/2014 | Benjamin Zhang
    The iconic image of majestic bullet train blasting past the snowcapped peaks of Mount Fuji has become a symbol of Japan's growth into an economic and technological juggernaut. This month, the blue-and-white liveried Shinkansen Bullet Train that stars in the photo above is officially 50 years old. Over the past half century, the Bullet Train has become inextricably linked with the nation and the people it has served so diligently. Since its debut in 1964, the Shinkansen has grown from a single line connecting Tokyo and Osaka to lines linking all parts of the country. These days, the BBC reports...
  • California: By the way, that bullet train isn’t actually going to be as fast as we said it would be

    03/28/2014 9:18:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 28, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    When California first put the issue of building a high-speed bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco before voters, Gov. Jerry Brown made all sorts of nifty-sounding promises about how efficient, convenient, and fiscally sound a choice the rail line would be for Californians. All of those promises have more or less turned out to be a sham by now, as the train’s costs have exploded and its deadlines pushed way back, and now it appears that that less-than-three-hour ride Californians were originally promised… well, probably isn’t. ... who really considers a mounting “wall of debt” and a slew...
  • Floating by at 311mph: Japanese 'Maglev' bullet train undergoes its first successful test run

    06/05/2013 9:27:31 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 4, 2013 | Nicola Rowe
    <p>The trains use magnetic levitation technology instead of wheels ...</p> <p>Japan's floating bullet trains - which will travel at up speeds of up to 311mph - have undergone their first test runs.</p> <p>The magnetic levitation, or 'maglev' trains, use state-of-the-art technology to reach mind-blowing speeds ...</p>
  • The Bullet Train Fiasco Reminds Us That California Is Our Greece

    07/18/2012 6:53:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/18/2012 | Richard M. Salsman
    California is our Greece, the most fiscally irresponsible of U.S. states – and now it has another fiscal fiasco on its hands. A recent report about the state-sponsored “bullet train to nowhere” calculates $68 billion as the total sum to be spent on a high-speed rail line to run between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Passengers are supposed to be able to travel up to 220 miles per hour in two-and-a-half hours. A plane flight is less than an hour – not counting drives to and from the airports. Voters approved the rail project by a 53-47% margin, in a...
  • California Cities Go Bankrupt, But Bullet Train Barrels On

    07/14/2012 7:51:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/14/2012 | Bill Frezza, Contributor
    If we didn’t have California as a case study of fiscal insanity, someone would have to invent it. Nowhere else better illustrates what happens when a populist government fully embraces the progressive policies of tax, spend, and promise-public-employees-fantastic-pensions. What else can you say about a state whose leading growth industry is municipal bankruptcies, whose leading export is companies and citizens fleeing tax increases, whose political leading lights include Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, and whose leading economic policy initiative is floating government bonds to “invest” in yet more money-losing boondoggles? Last week the California legislature endeared itself to both construction...
  • 'No document exists' on bullet train's speed, lawsuit claims

    06/14/2012 5:06:29 PM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    The Bay Citizen ^ | June 13, 2012 | Lance Williams
    California’s $68 billion bullet train is supposed to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than two hours and 40 minutes. That speed – an average of more than 140 mph, including stops – is a legal requirement, written into the state voter initiative that gave the project the go-ahead in 2008
  • Voters have turned against California bullet train, poll shows

    06/03/2012 6:40:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian
    A strong majority of voters is against the bullet train project just as Gov. Brown is pressuring the Legislature to green-light the start of construction, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finds. Across the state, 55% of the voters want the bond issue that was approved in 2008 placed back on the ballot, and 59% say they now would vote against it. Since voters approved that $9-billion borrowing plan, the state and national economic outlook has dimmed and some of the promises about the bullet train have been compromised. 55% of the respondents said the state has bigger priorities than...
  • Now Obama Wants To Build A $5 Billion Bullet Train From Las Vegas To Nowhere

    03/25/2012 4:46:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 03/25/2012 | Michael Blood
    <p>VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- On a dusty, rock-strewn expanse at the edge of the Mojave Desert, a company linked to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to build a bullet train that would rocket tourists from the middle of nowhere to the gambling palaces of Las Vegas.</p>
  • Jerry Brown says not to worry. The high-speed boondoggle will be paid for by your carbon footprint

    03/15/2012 5:11:11 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 18 replies
    Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, a Republican from Dana Point, has a way with words. She calls her bill to repeal $9 billion in available state debt funding for what we call the Moonbeam Express the “High Speed Rail Lemon Law.” Moonbeam or lemon, it amounts to the same thing: a taxpayer-financed boondoggle California can neither afford to build nor make operate profitably...
  • State auditor issues financial warning on California bullet train

    01/26/2012 11:08:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2012 | Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
    California's $98.5-billion bullet train project has become "increasingly risky" because of uncertainty about where the money will come from to finish even the first phase, the state auditor warned Tuesday. In the latest in a series of cautionary reports by outside agencies and groups, the report found that the California High-Speed Rail Authority has made some progress in addressing planning and fiscal concerns but still has important work to do to ensure that the project can be built as promised. "The program's overall financial situation has become increasingly risky, in part because the authority has not provided viable funding alternatives...
  • High-Speed Rail Project in California Under Scrutiny

    12/23/2011 10:37:50 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 23, 2011 | William Lajeunesse
    High-Speed Rail Project in California Under Scrutiny By William Lajeunesse December 23, 2011 The Obama administration's plans for a bullet train could be headed off the tracks in California, the one state where its high-speed rail initiative is still alive. Since the project was first unveiled in 2008, officials tripled its projected cost, delayed its start of service 13 years, downsized ridership projections and increased ticket prices. Almost two-thirds of Californians now say they'd vote against issuing bonds to pay for a project they narrowly approved just three years ago. "It is not viable. It is not the best use...
  • An outbreak of fiscal sanity in California? (Voters inclined to stop high-speed boondoggle)

    12/07/2011 12:49:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/07/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Is there hope yet for the Golden State? While Governor Jerry Brown attempts to push through a tax increase that will make the state’s income tax even more progressive — and therefore more vulnerable to economic fluctuations — the state’s voters seem inclined to put the brakes on a high-speed boondoggle whose costs have tripled before ground has even been broken (via JWF): Four weeks after the news that the cost of California’s high-speed rail project has tripled since voters approved it, the struggling project is taking another hit: waning public support.A new Field Poll shows that 64 percent of...
  • California Bullet Train Project Advances Amid Cries of Boondoggle (Bullet Train To Nowhere Alert)

    11/27/2011 3:15:47 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/27/2011 | Adam Nagourney
    he pro-train constituency has not been derailed by a state report this month that found the cost of the bullet train tripling to $98 billion for a project that would not be finished until 2033, by news that Republicans in Congress are close to eliminating federal high-speed rail financing this year, by opposition from California farmers and landowners upset about tracks tearing through their communities or by questions about how much the state or private businesses will be able to contribute. The project has been mocked by editorial boards across the country — “Somebody please stop this train,” The Washington...
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Awards Nearly $1 Billion for California High-Speed Rail

    11/27/2011 10:25:17 AM PST · by mdittmar · 61 replies
    U.S. Department of Transportation ^ | November 22, 2011 | U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
    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...
  • Take This Bullet Train Please (The FantasyLand Ride To Nowhere Alert)

    11/16/2011 2:45:16 PM PST · by goldstategop · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/06/2011 | Richard White
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority has created a set of models and scenarios to answer the objections to its earlier models and scenarios. These will be parsed in much more detail than I can do here, but it is best to note the assumptions. First, its model assumes that the rail passenger fare will always be cheaper than airfare or driving. A ticket from San Francisco to Anaheim will be $72 in 2005 dollars. This is projected out to 2030. Second, the ridership will be immense — anywhere from 28.6 million to 37.1 million. This admittedly may appear realistic compared...
  • California High Speed Rail Is Going Nowhere Fast (WashingtonCompost Gets It Right Alert)

    11/14/2011 11:15:10 PM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/13/2011 | Washington Post Editorial
    More realistically, Sacramento’s Legislative Analysis Office calls the Central Valley starting point a “big gamble.” In the all-too-likely event that funding for the rest of the system never materializes, the report adds, “the state will be left with a rail segment unconnected to major urban areas that has little if any chance of generating the ridership to operate without a significant state subsidy.” It would be a train to nowhere, but at least it would go nowhere fast. As questionable as this project is, we would have less business objecting if the only money at risk was California’s. But the...
  • California bullet train triples in price, adds 13 years to deployment schedule

    11/01/2011 1:39:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/01/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    When first proposed to taxpayers in 2008, the high-speed rail project in California that would eventually link Los Angeles and San Francisco had a projected cost of $33.6 billion and a delivery date of twelve years. By May of this year, after the Obama administration tossed in $3.5 billion in stimulus money to get the project started, the cost estimate ballooned to $43 billion, the most expensive public-works project in American history. But that now looks like a bargain in contrast to the latest estimate for the bullet train, as reported by the Mercury News: Faster than a speeding bullet...
  • California bullet train funding slashed by House panel

    09/09/2011 3:05:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/9/11 | Ralph Vartabedian
    The fortunes of California's high-speed rail project, which would connect Southern California to the Bay Area with a 220mph train, took a big financial hit Thursday afternoon, when a congressional panel slashed the Federal Railroad Administration budget. The Obama administration had asked for $8 billion for fiscal 2012 for high-speed rail projects, including the one in California, as well as other passenger rail programs around the country. But the House Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development on Thursday cut the request by nearly $7 billion, leaving money only to operate Amtrak and some smaller programs. House Republican leaders...
  • China's BULLET Train Pile-up: FAR Graver than Admitted

    08/03/2011 5:30:32 PM PDT · by gaijin · 54 replies
    HighlyPlacedInsuranceCompanyExec ^ | Aug. 3rd, 2011 | JASDF officer
    This is a very sketchy report from a source that prefers to remain anonymous: According to an insurance company with operations in China, China's high-speed train accident resulted in 259 people dead, 183 injured, and 154 still missing. The numbers are set to increase, according to this insurance company.
  • Chinese State Media Say Bullet Train Derails, Falls Off Bridge

    07/23/2011 8:21:17 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 52 replies
    BEIJING -- A Chinese news agency says two cars from a high-speed train derailed and fell off a bridge but there is no immediate word on casualties.
  • U.S. rejects proposed changes to bullet-train project

    05/26/2011 9:31:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    La Times ^ | 5/26/11 | Dan Weikel
    Rejecting the recommendations of a recent state report, federal officials said Wednesday they cannot postpone the deadline to start construction of California's $43-billion bullet train project or allow the state to move the first leg of the proposed system out of the Central Valley. U.S. Department of Transportation officials said the 2012 deadline is required by federal legislation that provided about $3.1 billion in funding for the project's initial leg, which, they added, was placed in the state's agricultural heartland after considerable study. "This shows that we are on the same page as the feds," said Jeffrey Barker, a spokesman...
  • China’s train wreck

    04/23/2011 9:50:14 AM PDT · by fifedom · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2011 | CHARLES LANE
    For the past eight years, Liu Zhijun Liu ran China’s $300 billion high-speed rail project. Today, Liu Zhijun is ruined, and his high-speed rail project is in trouble. On Feb. 25, he was fired for embezzling tens of millions of dollars. His ministry has run up $271 billion in debt — But ticket sales can’t cover debt service that will total $27.7 billion in 2011 alone. Safety concerns also are cropping up.
  • The Bullet Train to Bankruptcy. Californians are questioning the High-Speed Rail Authority.

    03/09/2011 6:53:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 164 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2011 | Lou Dolinar
    Californians have a reputation for questioning authority. And increasingly, they appear to be questioning the High-Speed Rail Authority, which voters empowered in 2008 to issue $9.95 billion in bonds and build the nation’s largest such system. Opposition hasn’t reached critical mass — not yet. But it is broad, and it includes Republicans, some Democrats, community groups, local governments, fiscal conservatives, and neighborhood preservationists. Reports from respectable engineering and financial teams, including state agencies, paint a far gloomier picture than the happy-talk done deal that’s been portrayed in the national media. Lawsuits further complicate the picture. The more money California sponges...
  • How to strengthen America put Americans back to work immediately.

    12/06/2010 3:24:48 PM PST · by TheDailyChange · 61 replies
    12062010 | TDC
    Just like Japan has done, America should immediately embark on a nationwide infrastructure program that would consist of a network of high speed train lines that connect for example New York City with most of the nations major cities. Contracts would be awarded only to American based business and legal Americans.
  • Siemens Wins Battle of Fast Trains [Eurostar buys German, French p*ssed]

    10/11/2010 7:26:45 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 7, 2010 | David Jolly
    PARIS — In an effort to prepare for competition on cross-Channel rail traffic, Eurostar said Thursday that it had awarded a hotly sought contract to upgrade its aging fleet of fast trains to a Germany company, Siemens. The announcement did not sit well in Paris, which had been backing a French champion, and officials sharply criticized the decision. The Ł700 million, or $1.1 billion, contract will provide Eurostar — which is majority owned by the French state through its ownership of the national railway S.N.C.F. — with 10 of Siemens’ sleek new Velaro e320 trains. Siemens beat out the A.G.V....
  • Schwarzenegger quietly quashed effort to improve commuter rails (bullet train v. public safety)

    11/13/2009 9:29:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 327+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/13/09 | Dan Weikel and Eric Bailey
    Reporting from Sacramento and Los Angeles - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger quietly spiked an effort last month to win $1.1 billion in federal high-speed rail stimulus funds for 29 projects to improve the safety, speed and capacity of heavily traveled commuter corridors through Southern California. Instead, he ordered state officials to seek money for only one project -- the proposed bullet train between San Francisco and San Diego. The governor's decision was intended to increase the state's chances of receiving high-speed rail money, officials said. California is competing with more than 40 applicants from 23 other states. But the action has...
  • Michael Moore: GM's Bankruptcy Fills Me With Joy ( The Bullet Trains In 5 Years )

    06/01/2009 9:03:18 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 41 replies · 1,693+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, June 1, 2009 8:32 PM | Staff
    Filmmaker and leftist activist Michael Moore said the demise of General Motors filled him with ‘joy’ Monday and then suggested the Obama administration launch into a massive socialization of U.S. industry to build ‘green’ autos and bullet trains. To pay for it all, he suggests a $2 per gallon federal tax. Writing on The Daily Beast Web site, Moore said he was writing from Flint, Michigan, GM’s birthplace, which he described as abandoned and emptied by the company’s incompetence and eagerness for cheap labor. “Who among us wants $50 billion of our tax dollars thrown down the rat hole of...
  • California Is Headed for a Real Fiscal Train Wreck

    10/11/2008 11:00:08 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 54 replies · 2,389+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | Oct 11, 2008
    With credit markets in New York in crisis last week, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent an extraordinary letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson asking for $7 billion. Although the governor has since withdrawn that request, it testifies to the dire state of his budget. Yet days before penning his note, the governor told an audience at the Commonwealth Club of California not to worry about the state's budget crunch and to approve $9.95 billion in new debt on the November ballot to build a bullet train to connect Los Angeles to San Francisco: "Just because we have a problem with...
  • Does California really need a bullet train?

    03/31/2008 8:23:40 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 53 replies · 1,262+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 31, 2008 | Dan Walters
    Zipping through California on a 220-mph bullet train – in just 2 1/2 hours from Los Angeles to San Francisco, it's being said – is certainly a romantic concept. They do it in Europe and in Japan, bullet train devotees say, so why not do it in California and relieve highway and airport congestion? California voters may get a chance to answer the question in November. An often-postponed $10 billion bond issue to provide initial financing for the system that would link the state's northern and southern regions through the San Joaquin Valley is finally likely to make the ballot....
  • Julia Whatley: Toll roads and coal plants

    06/24/2006 10:43:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 645+ views
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | June 24, 2006 | Julia Whatley
    Recently the Trib showed a map of the proposed 640-mile-long Trans-Texas Corridor-35 and the initial 316-mile toll road-and-rail segment between San Antonio and Dallas. Notice the area through Williamson, Bell, Fall and McLennan counties, then deduce why TXU’s previous plans to build three coal-burning plants in Robertson and Milam counties were suddenly switched to McLennan County. You will see, raising its ugly head, a 10-mile-wide “blue line” east of and roughly parallel to our Interstate 35. This marks the path of the TTC-35 tollway with its proposed electric-powered bullet train. With 11 coal-burning plants planned in Texas, is corporate TXU...
  • Japan: New Bullet Train -- FASTECH 360

    06/07/2005 6:44:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 3,503+ views
    Test cars of FASTECH 360, the next-generation Shinkansen (bullet train), are checked after being disembarked at Sendai port in northern Japan Tuesday, June 7, 2005. FASTECH 360, which will run at speeds of 360 kph (225 mph), is expected to put into service in 2011 by East Japan Railway Co. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
  • High-speed trains to stop in Palmdale

    01/27/2005 6:50:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies · 360+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Thursday, January 27, 2005. | LISA WAHLA HOWARD
    SACRAMENTO - It's official; the Antelope Valley will have high-speed trains whizzing through it and stopping at a Palmdale station someday, if the $35 billion rail system actually is constructed. The state's High Speed Rail Authority board voted Wednesday on the rail line's route, which will include a section through the Antelope Valley on its way from Bakersfield to Los Angeles. Palmdale officials have lobbied hard for the selection, citing the growing population of the Antelope Valley that would benefit with a quicker link to downtown Los Angeles and elsewhere. "This is great news for the Antelope Valley," said John...
  • Bullet train project short of cash, staff (Calif.)

    03/23/2004 6:40:23 PM PST · by TenaciousZ · 13 replies · 168+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 03/23/2004 | Steve Lawrence (AP)
    <p>SACRAMENTO (AP) -- California's high-speed train project is running short of cash and staff and may not have the resources to keep its office manned or complete an environmental study, its executive director said Tuesday.</p> <p>"We are just this much short of basically closing the door," Mehdi Morshed told members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority's board.</p>
  • Driver of bullet train nods off at 170mph

    02/28/2003 12:03:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 158+ views ^ | 2/28/03 | Audrey McAvoy in Tokyo
    The driver of a bullet train in Japan is under investigation after falling asleep for nearly ten minutes at the helm. The train was travelling at 170mph with 800 passengers on board. No one was hurt in the incident because the train was on autopilot at the time. A spokesman for West Japan Railway, the operating company, said they were investigating why the driver fell asleep. "We are very shocked," said Kosuke Sugiyama. "Our business is all about passengers trusting us enough to travel on our trains." Railway staff became suspicious when the train pulled into Okayama station, about 90...