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CARRD calls on Legislators to beef up reporting requirements

You may have heard Authority Chairman Dan Richard and CEO Jeff Morales in the media lately talking about transparency. We sent legislators new information about how the Authority is so concerned about the public perception of the project  that it is willing to compromise the state’s ability to oversee the many consultants working to design the rail line. […]

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Land purchases for initial construction way behind schedule

The contract signed with the design- build construction team led by Tutor Perini in August had a detailed list of properties that the CHSRA would have to buy and the date each parcel would be available to the contractor. The most recent report  on January 16th notes that there are significant delays.How far behind is […]

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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: 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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California High Speed Rail Peer Review Committee Releases Critical Report

Peer Review Report November 2010 The High-Speed Rail Authority’s independent Peer Review Group released this extensive report detailing issues that confront the HSRA. Highlights of the report are covered by Dan Walters, New study sharply criticizes high-speed rail project, and John Cox, Peer report calls for ‘thorough reassessment’ of high-speed rail project, who outlines the […]

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New document: Revenue Guarantees for Private Investors

In the words of the California High Speed Rail Authority’s Deputy Director for Communications, the recently issued 2009 Business Plan “has provided unending fodder for skeptics and critics. Public questions about the assumptions and forecasts in the Plan must be addressed in a strategic and thoughtful manner.” One particular criticism was the idea that private […]

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Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design (CARRD)