Trackage, Signals, Electrification of Rails, High-Speed Rail, Transit

Could Texas high-speed rail hit a speed bump this session?

The Texas Tribune » High-speed rail developers have been eyeing a 240-mile stretch of mostly rural land sandwiched between the urban hubs of Dallas and Houston for years. Their goal: buy it up and build America’s first bullet train. But several rural landowners don’t plan on giving up their private property without a fight. And their supporters in the Legislature have filed so many bills that could disrupt Texas Central Partners LLC’s plans that there’s an entire subcommittee tackling the ongoing battle over the multibillion dollar project.

2019-04-25T09:23:44+00:00April 25th, 2019|High-Speed Rail, Texas|

Can America Still Build Big? A California Rail Project Raises Doubts

The New York Times » California’s newly installed governor, Gavin Newsom, in his first major address to lawmakers this month, sent the project into disarray. The governor announced that the project, which was expected to connect the Central Valley to Silicon Valley, would be dramatically scaled back because of exorbitant costs.

2019-04-18T14:18:31+00:00February 25th, 2019|California, California High Speed Rail, Design-Build, High-Speed Rail, U.S. News|

Gavin Newsom says he would scale back the bullet train and twin tunnels if elected

Los Angeles Times » If Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is elected governor as expected, he’ll keep building the state’s two contentious public works projects: the bullet train and twin water tunnels. But he’ll scale back both. Newsom will concentrate on completing a high-speed rail line from the San Joaquin Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. As for the beleaguered water project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, Newsom will try to reduce its size to one tunnel.

Crack in beam shuts down San Francisco’s new $2B terminal

The Associated Press » San Francisco officials shut down the city’s celebrated new $2.2 billion transit terminal Tuesday after discovering a crack in a support beam under the center’s public roof garden. Coined the “Grand Central of the West,” the Salesforce Transit Center opened in August near the heart of downtown after nearly a decade of construction. It was expected to accommodate 100,000 passengers each weekday, and up to 45 million people a year.

2018-09-27T09:29:18+00:00September 26th, 2018|California, Metro Rail / Transit, Rail|

Walsh/Shea 5 months behind on $2B Crenshaw-LAX rail

Construction Dive » Richard Clarke, the chief program management officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, told the agency’s construction committee on Thursday that the $2 billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, an 8.5-mile light-rail line that will serve the City of Los Angeles and other areas, is approximately five months behind schedule.

2018-09-26T15:56:14+00:00September 24th, 2018|Bridges, California, Highways, Metro Rail / Transit, Rail|

California bullet train picks its path between Burbank and Palmdale

Los Angeles Times » The California bullet train would cut through Sun Valley, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Agua Dulce, the state rail authority proposed Wednesday as it laid out its plans for the complicated route from Burbank to Palmdale — one of its most controversial and costly segments. 

2018-10-08T09:30:17+00:00September 19th, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, High-Speed Rail, Project to Watch|
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