Against California High Speed Rail by Mark R. Powell

Category Archives: Ridership

20 Years of California’s High Speed Rail Authority…

…False Promises, Self-Denial, and Public Deception Early Promises Almost 20 years have lapsed since California Senate Continuing Resolution 6 (SCR 6)  [Note 1] gave birth to the Intercity High-Speed Rail Commission in 1993.  The Commission’s mission: “ (Be it) Resolved … Continue reading

High Speed Deception

California High Speed Rail Authority’s term, “Initial Construction Segment”, consists of well-chosen words. Members of California’s High-Speed Rail Authority are all aware that no high-speed train can possibly operate profitably on their proposed $6.5 Billion, 115 mile Initial Construction Segment … Continue reading

Imagining a World With California High Speed Rail

$9 Billion for 180 Miles of High Speed Rail Connecting Merced to Bakersfield California’s High Speed Rail Authority led by its Chairman, Curt Pringle, hopes to squander $9 Billion on high speed rail stretching from a few miles north of … Continue reading

Ridership Fantasy Along the Path of High Speed Rail

Part 2 – Bakersfield to Fresno – Non-Existent Riders on a Train Through Nowhere I continued my journey along the path of high speed rail now following the proposed Bakersfield to Fresno segment.  The description of this path is kept … Continue reading

The Myth of Commuter HSR Ridership

2.3 million annual intra-regional riders (“commuters”) [note 1] is too large a number to comprehend and so I have attempted to put it in perspective by COUNTING daily riders of today’s Metrolink segment running from Anaheim to Los Angeles.  The existing low … Continue reading

Ridership Tales

RIDERSHIP ON CALIFORNIA’S HIGH SPEED RAIL “Figures Lie and Liars Figure”  (old accounting axiom, author unknown) There are many reasons to be skeptical about the prospect of High Speed Rail in California as portrayed by the California High Speed Rail … Continue reading