High Speed Rail
The U.S. Department of Transportation gave its approval Friday for work to begin on the second leg of California’s proposed $68 billion high-speed rail line, endorsing the state’s environmental review for the section running between Fresno and Bakersfield.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, once a strong supporter of California’s high-speed rail project, says he has changed his mind and no longer backs it.
In a filing Monday, the administration asks the state appellate court to overturn a Sacramento County Superior Court judge’s rulings in a lawsuit filed by Kings County farmers and landowners.
California officials sought Wednesday to reassure congressional Republicans that the state will be able to match billions of dollars in federal funding for the state’s high-speed rail project.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to redirect $250 million from California’s landmark effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spend it instead on high-speed rail has renewed debate about the future of the contentious project.
The board that oversees California’s embattled $68 billion high-speed rail project was meeting Thursday to discuss how to respond to a series of legal setbacks involving funding and environmental reviews.
Court rulings this week cast doubt over the future of California’s $68 billion high-speed rail plan and serve as a reminder of the biggest question facing the project.
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge is blocking the sale of bonds to build California’s bullet train and has rejected the state’s funding plan, jeopardizing the future of the project.
The Obama administration wants to recycle $43 million in unspent highway funds in California.
Gov. Jerry Brown visited Union Station Wednesday to sign into law a bill that will provide funding for the first phase of a high-speed rail project expected to connect the Southland with San Francisco.
California lawmakers have approved billions of dollars in construction financing for the first segment of what would be the nation’s first dedicated high-speed rail line, eventually connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.
On a dusty, rock-strewn expanse at the edge of the Mojave Desert, a company linked to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to build a bullet train that would rocket tourists from the middle of nowhere to the gambling palaces of Las Vegas.
The state’s independent analyst on Tuesday called for major changes to California’s high-speed rail plans, including delaying the fast-tracked project and removing its oversight from an independent board.
President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion spending plan for high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jumpstart job creation.
Business owners in the Southland and throughout the state have filed a federal discriminatation complaint calling for the U.S. government to withhold over $3 billion in funding.