Against California High Speed Rail by Mark R. Powell

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High-Speed Rail Evolution

A History of Deceit and Broken Promises With a lull in news about California’s high-speed rail project as both proponents and opponents await the release of the Final 2012 Business Plan it is worth looking back over the past two … Continue reading

Hints of a New Path for California High Speed Rail

Senator Feinstein and Bay Area Representatives Call for Initial Construction in Bay Area. Two high profile letters to the proponents of high-speed rail hint at a major shift in construction plans.  The most recent, a letter from Senator Diane Feinstein … Continue reading

California’s High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group…

…Knowledgeable, accomplished, well-educated and definitely NOT “peers” of the Rail Authority The Peer Review Group is composed of successful engineers, scientists, and economists with expertise in transportation and large infrastructure projects.  The group notably contains no lawyers or persons who … Continue reading

California High-Speed Rail’s Fraudulent Funding Plan

Rail Authority Relies on Non-Existent Federal Programs and All $9 Billion of Proposition 1A Bonds to Build the Initial Operating Section. The voter approved High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act, Proposition 1A, stipulates that a funding plan must be in place … Continue reading

Californians Turn 2 to 1 Against High Speed Rail

Only Californians Aligned with the “Occupy Movement” Remain Strongly Supportive. A Field Poll [Note 1] conducted by telephone between November 15-27, 2011 involving 1000 randomly selected registered California voters posed the following question: “Suppose that 9 billion dollars in state bonds … Continue reading

High-Speed Rail Ridership Forecasts are Preposterous!

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s newest Business Plan forecasts that when Phase 1 is completed in 2033, 8.7 million high-speed train (HST) trips will be made annually between San Francisco and Los Angeles/Anaheim [Note 1] [Note 2].   These 8.7 million … Continue reading

New Plan Says Phase 1 of California High Speed Rail Could Cost $117.6 Billion…..Plus Finance Charges of another $94 Billion

Rail Authority suggests simply charging it all to the American Debt card California’s High-Speed Rail Authority (the Authority) rolled out their 2011 Business Plan first to the press and then later put the entire plan on-line.  The Authority’s practice of … Continue reading

A Peek at the Pathetic Situation of California High-Speed Rail

Much like a failing student who delays bringing home a report card, California’s High-Speed Rail Authority  (the Authority) is stalling in the delivery of their Business and Funding Plans.  However, the state legislature passed  AB-115 in June requiring minimal Business … Continue reading

High Speed Rail Business Plan Release Will Miss Critical Deadline

In a press release where the headline, “High-Speed Rail to Release Business Plan Nov. 1” ,is at odds with the wording of its first paragraph, California’s High Speed Rail Authority announced a delay in meeting a critical deadline for their … Continue reading

High Speed Rail Proponents Defend the Indefensible

It’s not just kids who say the darnedest things. Facing the prospect of all future federal funds for high-speed rail being cut off, Undersecretary of Transportation Roy W. Kienitz was quoted in the Los Angeles Times declaring: “I can’t think … Continue reading