Imagine if Boston ditched the Big Dig half-way through. Imagine if the San Francisco to Oakland Bay Bridge stopped at Yerba Buena Island. Imagine if the Transcontinental Railroad track extended only from Nevada to Wyoming. For California High Speed Rail, Newbie Governor Gavin Newsom seems to be picking the worst route of all – the one that will make everybody unhappy and will ensure that the high-speed rail that is built is a catastrophic failure. Continue Reading Newsom’s folly: California High-Speed Rail to be built only from Merced to Bakersfield.
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At one time, Los Angeles had the backbone of a great transit system. Today, it does not! Why not?
Have you ever heard of or watched the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)? It is a classic comedy which stars Steve Martin and John Candy as business travelers who share three days of misadventures as they try to get from New York City to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving. This movie came to mind when I Continue Reading Amtraking: Traveling by Train
In the late 1800s, San Diego lost the race with Los Angeles to become the western terminus of a transcontinental railroad. Continue Reading San Diego’s Railroad Deja Vu
California Gov. Jerry Brown contends that a proposed high-speed rail project won’t come with the reported $100 billion price tag that has garnered the effort criticism.Continue Reading Gov. Brown Revamping Bullet Train Project to Cut Costs
Michigan will use federal funds to establish high-speed rail service between Chicago and Detroit.Continue Reading Federal Funds to be Tapped for High-Speed Detroit to Chicago Train
In countries considered by many to be well-advanced of the U.S. with regard to transportation, the concerns about high-speed rail seem to be opposite of the prevailing sentiments of some states in the U.S. While states like Texas are rejecting federal matching funds for high speed rail, Wales in the U.K. is concerned that it will be left out of the economic pie created by high speed rail. In particular, Continue Reading Wales Worried: No High Speed Rail = No Jobs/Industry
On August 18th, California High Speed Rail Vice Chair Lynn Schenk responded to a crtical op-ed with a rebuttal making the case for “Why California Needs High Speed Rail.” The critical op-ed to which she was responding was entitled “8 Reasons to Shoot the Bullet Train” and had been published a few days before in AOL Patch’s Poway California edition.Continue Reading Cal High-Speed Rail Vice Chair Rebuts Carpers
Anyone who ever lived in Los Angeles, or who saw the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit knows about the program (or as some refer to it, conspiracy) from the 1930s to the 1950s by General Motors and other companies to purchase and dismantle street car systems across the nation. Continue Reading Is High Speed Rail the Victim of Another Roger Rabbit Conspiracy?
Recent studies and analysis indicate that in order to increase the likelihood of success, high speed rail must reach into the center of cities. Continue Reading High Speed Rail Must Include Downtowns in Order to be Successful.