High-speed rail gets a financial boost from California’s heaviest polluters

McClatchy – excerpt https://www.fresnobee.com/news/politics-government/article184875813.html/video-embed Debate over Assembly Bill 398 draws an emotional response from Republican Assemblyman Devon Mathis of Visalia.. A key source of money for California’s controversial high-speed rail project got a big shot in the arm this month from the auction sale of air pollution credits to industrial and commercial buyers. The California … More High-speed rail gets a financial boost from California’s heaviest polluters

Audit Highlights…California High‑Speed Rail Authority

auditor.ca.gov – excerpt Our audit of the California High‑Speed Rail Authority and its contracting and cost control practices highlighted the following: » Although the Authority has secured and identified funding of over $28 billion that it expects will be sufficient to complete initial segments that funding will not be enough to connect those segments, or finish … More Audit Highlights…California High‑Speed Rail Authority

Faceoff with Federal Government Possibly Looming Following California Supreme Court CEQA Ruling; Cal High Speed Rail Project Also Vulnerable

By Whitney Hodges : natlawreview – excerpt Tuesday, August 22, 2017 : In July 2017, the California Supreme Court determined the federal Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995 (49 U.S.C. § 10101 et seq.) (“ICCTA”) does not preempt the application of the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970 (Pub. Res. Code § 21000 et seq.) (“CEQA”), a … More Faceoff with Federal Government Possibly Looming Following California Supreme Court CEQA Ruling; Cal High Speed Rail Project Also Vulnerable

Freight Rail Fight Could Impact Calif. High-Speed Rail Project

By Matthew Renda : courthousenews – excerpt AN FRANCISCO (CN) – An impending decision by the California Supreme Court over whether the state or federal government has jurisdiction in railway decisions could have major implications for the Golden State’s high-speed rail project. The justices heard oral argument by the North Coast Railway Authority, which argued … More Freight Rail Fight Could Impact Calif. High-Speed Rail Project

High Speed Rail Won’t Impact Climate Change

by Marc Joffe, California Policy Center,  1/24/17 According to the high speed rail authority’s website, the bullet train is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by just over one million metric tons annually by 2040. This reduction is supposed to be achieved by replacing almost 10 million miles of motor vehicle travel each day, and eliminating … More High Speed Rail Won’t Impact Climate Change