Against California High Speed Rail by Mark R. Powell

Tag Archives: HSR

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

Roadtrip Along the Path of High Speed Rail

Part 1 – Palmdale to Bakersfield – The  Next “Train to Nowhere” This blogger set out to drive the proposed path of high speed rail(HSR) with the anticipation that some unexpected revelations might await.  I was not disappointed.    It was … 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

Weather Delays on HSR….I’m shocked!!!

Weather Causes Massive Delays on Eurostar High Speed Rail One misconception about rail service, especially high speed rail service, is that unlike airplanes, trains are somehow immune from delays caused by bad weather.  President Obama himself reinforced this myth in … Continue reading

Mounting Costs and Dwindling Service for California High Speed Rail

$133,000,000,000 for California High Speed Rail Voters were told the proposed High Speed Rail System would “connect the major metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Sacramento,  through the Central Valley, into Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and … 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