Articles Tagged 'high-speed rail'

Gavin Newsom calls SF-to-LA high-speed rail unrealistic, pushes for route from Bakersfield to Merced

by Alix Martichoux
February 13, 2019
During Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first State of the State speech Tuesday, he surprised listeners by announcing he would put the quest for high-speed rail connecting… READ MORE

California spent on high-speed rail and illegal immigrants, but ignored Oroville Dam

The flood danger from the Oroville Dam receded Monday, but California was hit by a wave of criticism for failing to heed warnings about risks… READ MORE

DERAILED: California’s high-speed train project going nowhere fast

The only thing speedy about California’s vaunted plan for a high-speed rail system connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco is the name. But after decades of fits and starts involving lawsuits, alternative routes, environmental studies, political deals, funding shortfalls and a statewide vote, the time finally may have come for one of the nation’s most ambitious and expensive public infrastructure… READ MORE

Broke California OKs funding for high-speed rail line…

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July 8, 2012
By JUDY LIN, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers gave the green light to start building the nation’s first dedicated high-speed rail line, a multibillion dollar project that will eventually link Los Angeles and San Francisco. The move marked major political victories for Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration. Both have promoted bullet trains as job… READ MORE

CA: Senate passes high-speed rail funding, which now goes to governor

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July 7, 2012
Los Angeles Times The state Senate voted to fund California’s ambitious high-speed rail project on Friday, handing a major victory to Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration. The $8-billion legislation will fund the project’s first stretch, covering 130 miles from Madera to Bakersfield. The project had become increasingly controversial as Democratic senators from around San Francisco and Los Angeles… READ MORE

Conservatives home in on ‘ObamaRail’

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March 28, 2011
By Keith Laing -The Hill “ObamaRail” is fast becoming the new “ObamaCare” for many Republicans. Conservative activists are deriding the high-speed rail proposals set out by President Obama in his State of the Union address and 2012 budget as wasteful spending that imposes new mandates on cash-strapped state governments. “Look, you look at the studies of these things, when they… READ MORE

U.S. to inject $53 billion into passenger rail

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February 9, 2011
By David Warner (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced an ambitious $53 billion program to build new high-speed rail networks and… READ MORE

GOP governors-to-be spurn railroad funds

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December 12, 2010
By Joan Lowy and Kevin Freking-Associated Press The Obama administration is taking $1.2 billion in high-speed rail money away from Ohio and Wisconsin and awarding it to 12 other states, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday. Both Ohio and Wisconsin have elected incoming Republican governors who oppose the rail projects. Those governors, whose states have been hit hard by the… READ MORE

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