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1 hr ago | The Fresno Bee

High speed rail board considers farmland in Fresno County

More than 70 parcels of Fresno County farmland now under Williamson Act agricultural preservation contracts will be addressed Tuesday by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The rail board, meeting in Palmdale, is expected to certify that the pieces of property -- which are along the approved right of way within the county of the state's proposed bullet-train line -- are necessary for the railroad route and were not selected just because of lower property values.


Related Topix: Fresno County, CA, Palmdale, CA, Fresno, CA, Kings County, CA

8 hrs ago | CaHSR Blog

SF Resolves Dispute With Transbay Developers

Some good news for the future downtown extension that will bring Caltrain and high speed rail to the Transbay Terminal: San Francisco city officials cut a deal Tuesday with downtown property owners who had threatened to sue over a proposed tax district that city officials are counting on to help pay for the $2.6 billion extension of Caltrain into the new Transbay Transit Center at First and Mission streets. Under the agreement, the city will still collect up to $1.4 billion in taxes from property owners around the new transit center for the Caltrain, and possibly high-speed rail, connection.


Related Topix: San Francisco County, CA, San Francisco, CA

12 hrs ago | Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers a...

Sacramento Siemens plant to build Florida high-speed rail cars

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Siemens plant in south Sacramento will build the locomotives and passenger cars for All Aboard Florida, a high-speed rail system that could begin operation well ahead of California's.


Related Topix: McClatchy, Publishing, Media

Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Chronicle Herald

California's Republicans rebrand

Not everyone likes robust debate. The chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley recently provoked ridicule by warning staff and students that there was a distinction "between free speech and political advocacy," and that "we can only exercise our right to free speech insofar as we feel safe and respected."


Related Topix: Immigration Reform, California, US News, California Government, Jerry Brown, US Governors

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Appellate decision on HSR challenged: Validation nod sent to the Supreme Court

In the first part of the series, we discussed why the Tos/Fukuda/Kings County attorneys filed a request to the State Supreme Court to review a 3rd District Appellate Court decision which breathed some life into the high-speed rail program by delaying the enforcement of the Prop 1A requirements. That decision overturned two lower court decisions, one requiring the Rail Authority to rescind it's funding plan and the other was about the court's refusal to validate the appropriation of $8.6 billion of bonds.


Sheffield Star

'50/50 chance' of Sheffield city centre HS2 rail station

The chances of Sheffield's proposed high-speed rail station being built in the city centre are now '50/50', a key city councillor has said. Support for a new train station to accommodate the planned HS2 high-speed train network stretching across the country and into the city from London has been divided between the city centre and Meadowhall.


Related Topix: South Yorkshire County, England, Derbyshire County, England, World News, United Kingdom,

Fri Sep 12, 2014

The Fresno Bee

Calif. OKs first steps to condemn more Fresno properties for rail route

This is the Jensen Pilegard feed building at the corner of G Street. and Fresno Street.


Related Topix: Fresno, CA, California, Boulevard, CA

The San Diego Union-Tribune

'Rail' question: Is initiative a blank check?

In this photo taken Monday, July 15, 2013, a freight train passes the Amtrak station in Fresno, Calif. Construction of the nation's first high-speed rail system is slated to begin in this city of 500,000 people, promising to create construction jobs and link the Central Valley to the rest of California.


Related Topix: Fresno, CA, California, Jerry Brown, US Governors, Sacramento, CA

Press & Sun-Bulletin

Amtrak bill would limit high-speed rail to NortheastAmtrak bill would ...

Amtrak bill would limit high-speed rail to Northeast Bill would also prevent the profitable Northeast Corridor from subsidizing upstate routes Check out this story on A House committee is set to vote on a bill that would prevent the profitable rail service between Boston and Washington from subsidizing unprofitable Amtrak routes. WASHINGTON -- Amtrak's profitable Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington would no longer subsidize other money-losing routes, including service in upstate New York, under legislation a House committee is scheduled to vote on Wednesday.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Representative Richard Hanna, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Jeff Denham


Can Americans Rediscover Their Love of Rail Travel?

"Trainsforming America" is a new documentary that takes a hard look at why America has fallen behind the rest of the world when it comes to properly investing in an efficient passenger rail system. Filmmakers Rebecca Autumn Sansom and Katie Chen interview rail riders, experts and policymakers to find out what people think about the future of passenger rail in the country.


Related Topix: us Travel, Texas

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Sacramento Bee Newspaper

Sacramento Siemens plant to build Florida high-speed rail cars

Ernesto Cortes, left, and another welder work on a light rail vehicle at Siemens Rail Systems in Sacramento. Two decades ago, Siemens of West Germany chose Sacramento as its base of operations in America - home for what it expected would be a burgeoning industry in light rail car manufacturing.


Related Topix: Sacramento, CA, US Politics, Representative Bill Posey, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives

Daily Policy Digest

California's High Speed Rail Project a Financial Disaster

California is plowing forward with its high speed rail plan, despite the fact that it lacks the funds to pay for the project, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Baruch Feigenbaum. California voters authored $10 billion for the project in 2008, yet those dollars will not even cover the costs of constructing the rail line between Merced and Bakersfield, the first segment of the project.


Wed Sep 10, 2014

Business Journal

Why does California's high-speed rail need public money?

Texas high-speed rail will be completely privately financed. Why can't California's system do the same? "If somebody were coming in looking just to make a profit by running trains, probably not how they would have done it.


Related Topix: Texas Government, Texas, California, Rick Perry, US Governors

Supes, Mayor Get Transbay Developers to Pay Full Tax for Downtown Rail

Developers agreed to pay the full property assessment rates to help fund transportation projects in the Transbay Transit Center District , under an agreement announced by the Board of Supervisors yesterday. Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee stood their ground against the developers, who hired former mayor Willie Brown as a lobbyist to try to lower the rates on the special infrastructure tax district, known as a Mello-Roos District.


The Fresno Bee

Start the train in L.A.

Construct the high-speed rail section from Bakersfield to Los Angeles first. A lot more people will take Amtrak when they know they are going to get a fast ride from Bakersfield to L.A. Then we won't be taking up farmland for a few more years.


Wed Sep 03, 2014

City Journal

Rail's Hollow Victories: Budget and court wins give false hope to...

Recent headlines have given true believers in California's embattled $68 billion bullet-train project a feeling of redemption.


Related Topix: US Politics, Representative Kevin McCarthy, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, California, California Government, Jerry Brown, US Governors, Gavin Newsom

The Baltimore Sun

Backers of high-speed 'maglev' train to Washington claim $5 billion in funding

An investor group hoping to build a high-speed train capable of cutting the travel time between Baltimore and Washington to 15 minutes says it has lined up more than $5 billion in financial backing in a filing to state regulators.


Related Topix: Japan, World News

JD Supra

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #7

A former federal inspector has urged regulators to shut down California's last remaining nuclear power plant until it can be determined whether the facility can stand up to an earthquake off the Central Coast.


Related Topix: Nuclear Energy, Madera, CA, Fresno, CA

CaHSR Blog

CLCV Explains Why HSR Is So Important for California's Environment

The president and chair of the California League of Conservation Voters, Rick Zbur, leads one of the state's most important and effective environmental organizations.


Related Topix: Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Bee Newspaper

Dan Walters Daily: California political action heads to court

Julia Macias, one of the nine student plaintiffs in the case where a judge ruled California's teacher tenure laws unconstitutional, speaks outside Los Angeles Superior Court on June 10, 2014.