California High Speed Rail
A congressional committee has begun a review of California’s high-speed rail project, including possible conflicts of interest and whether a large government commitment would pull federal tax dollars away from other transportation projects.
High-speed rail is on its way to California even though polls show that a majority of residents don’t want it. Now, State senator Mark DeSaulnier of Concord said that he believes there should be a comprehensive rail plan in place to guide future decisions.
California’s plan to build the nation’s first high-speed rail system has identified one alternative funding source if federal and private-sector money does not materialize.
San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd wants a reality check on the city’s Transbay Terminal Project if high-speed rail is not built.
Dianne Feinstein said she is concerned the state will lose out on federal funding if the leadership is not changed.
Backers of a plan to build a high-speed rail system from Sacramento to San Diego have inflated the number of jobs the project would generate by as many as 50 times, according to a published report.
The Palo Alto City Council on Monday night approved the wording of the city’s official position on high-speed rail, calling for the project to be “terminated.”
If a bond measure to construct a high-speed rail system were put on a California ballot today, the state’s voters would reject it by 59 percent, according to the results of a new Field Poll released Tuesday.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood strongly defended the federal government’s nearly $4 billion investment in high-speed rail in California.
The report estimates the actual cost at $98.5 billion if the route between San Francisco and Anaheim is completed in 2033. But the plan also said the system would be profitable even at the lowest ridership estimates.