Against California High Speed Rail by Mark R. Powell

Tag Archives: financing

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

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

California High Speed Rail: Costs Soar As Planning Goes Off Its Tracks

Put a Fork in it.  This Turkey is Done. California’s High Speed Rail Authority strives to avoid making public the massive cost overruns its staff now envisions.  The Authority prefers press releases that hype additional funds directed to California from other states that are … Continue reading

More Delays for California High Speed Rail

HSR Environmental and Financing Schedules Experience Massive Slippage “Slippage” is a word California’s High Speed Rail Authority Chairman, Curt Pringle, does not like used in reference to the his project’s schedule.  At least that is what he told Board Member Lynn … Continue reading

Authority’s CEO Admits Funds Lacking to Complete LA to SF High Speed Rail

To be truthful, Roelof van Ark, the Chief Executive Officer working for the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), did not specifically state to the CHSRA Board at their meeting this past February 3 that funds were lacking.  And Mr. van Ark … Continue reading

Burning Through California High Speed Rail Bonds

California High Speed Rail Authority Set to Use ALL Proposition 1A Funds to Build Non-Electrified Gilroy to Palmdale System The California High Speed Rail Authority (the “Authority”) announced on December 20, 2010 that with $616 million in newly acquired federal stimulus … Continue reading