Against California High Speed Rail by Mark R. Powell

Tag Archives: High Speed Rail

Release of California Rail Bonds May Be Ruled Illegal

An Argument Against the California Legislature’s Release of $2.7 Billion in Proposition 1A Rail Bonds As a safeguard against what might be termed a “stranded investment”, the Californian High Speed Rail Authority is required to submit to the legislature (and … 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

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

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

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

Rail Authority Admits Central Valley Costs Exceed Twice Previous Estimate

A Comparison of Draft EIRs to the Authority’s 2009 Report Reveals the Truth Mark Twain once said, “There are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics.” Truly, Mr. Twain was correct in recognizing that the use of statistics beats … Continue reading