Archive | 2012

Agreements with Union Pacific and BNSF

Today, passenger trains and freight trains share tracks around the state. While high speed rail trains will generally not be using the same tracks that freight ones do, there is a desire to increase conventional passenger rail service and there are several places where high speed rail needs the cooperation of freight companies. Here are […]

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HSR meetings heat up as budget vote nears

A marathon 6-hour joint Senate hearing on high-speed rail was held yesterday, May 15, with a surprise visit by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. The LAO, State Auditor, and 3 members of the Peer Review Group attended. Topics included the lack of a management team, federal strings and unstable funding sources. Although the Senators […]

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Latest Business Plan – Where’s the beef?

The highly anticipated Revised Business Plan for the California High Speed Rail project will be approved by the Authority at their board meeting in less than 48 hours but the Authority has still not posted the supporting documents for this plan. CARRD has been urging the Authority to release this information since last week and […]

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Substantive changes in Business Plan warrant recirculation for comment

There have been at least two recent media reports describing substantive changes to the upcoming 2012 Business Plan. We look forward to seeing how public input was incorporated to the plan. Given the media reports on apparent substantive changes, CARRD is recommending that the Authority consider issuing a second draft plan to give both the […]

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State Auditor issues report and NY Times: Room for Debate Op/Eds

By now, you have likely heard that the State Auditor has issued its latest report on the California High Speed Rail Authority. The full report is available at: http://www.bsa.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2011-504.pdf We recommend reading the long version (always!) as it provides much greater insight into the problems resulting from too many consultants and not enough staff that CARRD […]

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CARRD to Board: Postpone your vote on Grapevine

CARRD send the California High Speed Rail Authority an email today asking them to defer their board vote on the “Grapevine” alignment. Our message said: “We are writing to urge the Board to defer a decision until additional analyses on these issues are provided: 1) Express route west of Bakersfield –  Project EIR work has shown […]

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