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.

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|

HSR projected real estate costs nearly double to $1.5 billion for Valley segment

The Fresno Bee » And as engineers tinker and fine-tune the design of the three construction segments between Madera and Bakersfield, the overall number of parcels needed has grown, putting the agency even further behind – even as an economy in rebound after the 2007-09 recession sends real estate prices ever higher.

2018-09-24T11:09:50+00:00September 14th, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, Design-Build, High-Speed Rail|

Riding the California high-speed rail in virtual reality

KALW » People wanting to ride California’s high-speed railroad have been stymied by many project setbacks. But people attending the August 11th opening of the Salesforce Transit Center got the next best thing — a virtual reality experience simulating a high-speed rail journey, complete with stations and train car designs.

2018-09-25T12:46:41+00:00August 12th, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, High-Speed Rail|

Bullet train’s benefits to Southern California questioned at hearing

VC Star » Southern California officials have said few, if any, critical words about the state rail authority’s decision in 2016 to drop Los Angeles as the starting point of the first segment of the statewide bullet train. Rep. Alan Lowenthal broached the topic at a House rail subcommittee hearing on Thursday, asking state rail officials and other witnesses how he can justify the project to his constituents.

2018-09-25T12:45:21+00:00August 11th, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, High-Speed Rail|
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