Archive | 2011

CARRD to testify at Congressional hearing

We’re pleased to announce that Elizabeth Alexis of CARRD has been asked to testify at the hearing in D.C. next week. The committee staff has produced a Briefing Memo that gives an excellent history of the project and has some relevant updated numbers. For those new to the project, this is a MUST READ! The […]

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How conservative are the ridership forecasts?

The ridership model is arguably one of the most important components of the recent business plan presented by the California High Speed Rail Authority. So, how conservative are the ridership forecasts? Here is a short report looking simply at the price of gas assumed in the model. What did we find?  Well, do you think […]

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Legal concerns for the Initial Construction Segment and the Funding Plan

CARRD sent a letter to the California High Speed Rail Authority Board and Chairman today outlining our legal concerns on two important issues: the Initial Construction Segment and the Funding Plan. We are wary of intent to build an Initial Construction Segment (ICS) that does not specifically have an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) associated with […]

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2011 Business Plan preview and other documents

The California High Speed Rail Authority submitted a number of reports to the California legislature on October 14, 2011.  These documents provide some hints as to what will be in their 2011 Business Plan. CARRD’s comments on these documents are here. CHSRA: Revenue guarantees and alternative funding plans CHSRA: Feasibility of “shared track” solution in […]

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Senator Joe Simitian: Train robber?

We are confused by this press release, issued by California State Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani’s office this afternoon. Senator Simitian showed leadership in his recent announcement by seeking to balance the transportation goals of Prop 1A with community concerns and the fiscal reality of what we estimate is a project that will cost at least $65 […]

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Gilroy High Speed Rail Station Comparative Visioning Document

**See Updates below** CARRD has written a letter to various agencies (Santa Clara VTA Board Members, LAFCO Board Members, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors) and the City of Gilroy leaders regarding the Gilroy station alternatives. Our letter on this issue and supporting documents area available here. At the VTA board meeting held on March […]

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