Using federal and state funds, including Cap and Trade auction proceeds, the California High Speed Rail Authority the Authority plans to begin high-speed operations byand connect San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours at speeds of mph by Eventually, the system will extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling miles with up to 24 stations. The Authority is also working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan to improve local and regional rail lines. WSP has been helping shape high-speed rail in California from the earliest feasibility studies in the s to the latest business plans in
Email The Obama administration's plans for a bullet train could be headed off the tracks in California, the one state where its high-speed rail initiative is still alive. Since the project was first unveiled inofficials tripled its projected cost, delayed its start of service 13 years, downsized ridership projections and increased ticket prices.
Almost two-thirds of Californians now say they'd vote against issuing bonds to pay for a project they narrowly approved just three years ago. It is not the best use of tax dollars, especially when you're borrowing the money to do it," said California Republican Rep.
Kevin McCarthywho originally supported the project as a member of the state legislature. McCarthy, the House majority whip, is among 12 Republicans asking for a federal audit into the assumptions and potentially misleading claims used to sell the California bullet train to voters.
Their questions cover the following concerns: Rail proponents claimed more people would ride the Los Angeles to San Francisco train than all Americans who currently use Amtrak. Critics say those figures were highly inflated. While state highways are congested, a bullet train traveling that far with virtually no stops will not drive people out of their cars, they say.
By law, the train must take less than two hours and 40 minutes to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
That means reaching miles an hour with one stop in San Jose. But other cities are now demanding equal treatment for bearing the cost and other negatives associated with train. But proponents say adding stops in Bakersfield and Fresno, among other locations, could slow the train considerably.
Voters were told their money would pay only for capital or construction costs. Operating revenues would be paid for through ticket prices.
And no private company has yet stepped forward to accept their share of the risk. But the current proposal keeps changing. The cities of Bakersfield and San Jose recently voted to oppose the project.
Farmers in the Central Valley worry about the environmental impact and the state's powers of eminent domain to take their land if they choose not to sell.
Because the train is extremely loud at high speed, officials worry about noise and are asking the planners to elevate the track near their cities. Raising track raises construction costs. High speed rail is the Holy Grail of public infrastructure projects.
The California leg would be the single largest public investment ever in the U. Proponents originally claimed the bullet train would create more than 1 million jobs. They recently revised that downward, to several thousand. Since then, almost every state dropped out of the running because they couldn't afford their share of the cost.
California is still in and wants all the money that's left. Supporters' strategy is to get some rail bed laid in the cheapest place they can find, then argue California is the only legitimate high-speed corridor under construction.
Other states are attempting to claim the stimulus money for inner-city train travel, arguing it will help more commuters, faster. Opponents in Congress have a different strategy. They believe high-speed rail is a bad public investment and believe a Government Accountability Office audit they've requested will prove it, thereby killing the project before a single spade of dirt is turned.Threading the state together from San Francisco down to Orange County, Phase 1 of the California High Speed Rail (HSR) project promises a cheap two-hour-andminute ride between San Francisco.
The independent, nonpartisan, federal watchdog agency, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), gave the California high-speed rail project passing marks in an audit released last Friday. Project Description. Construction Package 1 is the first construction contract being implemented on the Initial Operating Section of the California High-Speed Rail Program.
The Texas Bullet Train vs. California High-Speed Rail. February 1, Texas Central Economics, Environment, state, and local dollars fund the project. *All claims and descriptions of the high-speed rail system’s operations, including service and station amenities, are based on current plans and are subject to change.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority will conduct a series of community meetings beginning next week to give updates on the bullet train’s Los Angeles to Anaheim Project Section, part of the.
Oct 24, · The California High-Speed Rail Authority hasn't yet chosen an exact route through the mountains. It also is behind schedule on land acquisition, financing and .