Against California High Speed Rail by Mark R. Powell

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A New California High-Speed Train Environmental Study is Required

  Work on the Statewide HST Environmental Impact Report was started nearly two decades ago  and all of its key environmental and economic assumptions have proven false. [Note 1] Today, Project Level EIR’s for track sections from Merced to Fresno … Continue reading

Farmer’s Lawsuit Against Rail Authority and Lawless State Government Moves Forward

“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.” ― Hunter S. Thompson Following the appropriation of rail bonds by the state legislature this past … Continue reading

Let Your Voice Be Heard…Now

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke) Do something good.  Don’t let evil and crony capitalism triumph.  Take a few minutes to write to your state legislators (senator and assemblyman) … Continue reading

California Rail Authority and Senators Question the Legality of the Revised 2012 Business Plan

State Senators ask Legislative Counsel and Rail Authority asks Attorney General to Comment on Legality of the Business Plan. Senator Joseph Simitian, Chairman of Budget Subcommittee, and Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Chair of the Policy Committee on Transportation wrote to the … Continue reading

Rail Authority Puts Lipstick On Their High-Speed Pig

Makeover depicted in new Revised Draft 2012 Business Plan The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Draft 2012 Business Plan released in November of 2011 (November Plan) was widely criticized for starting construction in the Central Valley, high costs, lack of a … Continue reading

Rail Authority admits in Senate Hearing it lacks a clear Funding Plan

And yet they still propose spending $6 billion on a Central Valley Railroad Dan Richard, Chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, told Senators and the public at a Senate Hearing held March 13 that with respect to the about-to-be-released … Continue reading

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 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