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Posts Tagged ‘High Speed Rail’

At a Crossing: California High Speed Rail

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
At a Crossing: California High Speed Rail

California is one of the largest states in the US. It’s resident to more than 38 million people and as time forges ahead, it will continue to get bigger. Transport in California is already strained and with a growing population, the state faces a crisis in the coming decades. How can this transportation crisis within California be addressed? And how does High Speed Rail fit into this large, complex, equation? This documentary helps answers those questions and show how important High Speed Rail is to the future of California.

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How to Build a Better California Around High Speed Rail

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
A High Speed Foundation

UC BERKLEY: CENTER FOR LAW, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
UCLA: EMMETT CENTER ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
High speed rail could offer numerous benefits to California. According to proponents, the system can reduce the need for costly new highway and airport expansions in California’s congested short-haul air markets and crowded intercity freeways, which are some of the busiest and most delay-prone in the nation – potentially saving $170 billion over 20 years. High speed rail could also help the state’s economy by supporting more convenient and efficient travel as well as increasing traveler productivity.

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Environmental Assessment of Air and High-Speed Rail

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Environmental Assessment of Air and High-Speed Rail

AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Introduction In accommodating surging intercity transportation demand during an era of unprecedented environmental concern, understanding the environmental trade-offs and co-benefits of air and high-speed rail (HSR) transportation is critical for producing high-quality information for decision makers. An analysis of the environmental impacts of air and HSR competition or complementary service in […]

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US High Speed Rail Association Applauds the California Legislature for Voting ‘Yes’ to Move Forward with High Speed Rail

Monday, July 9th, 2012

US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION
Washington, DC – The US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) commends the California Legislature for their vision, leadership, and commitment to the state’s new high speed rail project. USHSR and its 250 members fully support this visionary transportation project, and commend the legislature and Governor Brown for leading the way in getting America to think big again.

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More Unwelcome News for the California High Speed Rail Project

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 19Decidedly, early June has not been the best of times for the California high-speed rail project.On June 2, came a new poll showing that fifty-nine percent of voters would now oppose building high-speed rail if the measure were placed on the ballot again. Sixty-nine percent said that they would “never or […]

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May 22-24, San Francisco, CA: High Speed Rail Conference Update

Friday, May 18th, 2012

From US High Speed Rail Association:
Only 1 week to go! New Speakers, Tours Announced, Agenda Updates…

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The High-Speed Rail Program Under Congressional Scrutiny

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Innovation NewsBriefs Vol. 22, No. 32 A combative Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood defended the Administration’s high-speed rail program at a December 6 oversight hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to discuss congressional concerns with the program’s direction and focus. “We will not be dissuaded by the naysayers and the critics,” LaHood said heatedly. […]

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California’s Bullet Train in the Court of Public Opinion

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Innovation NewsBriefs Vol. 22, No. 31 California’s Bullet Train in the Court of Public Opinion A business plan released on November 1 by the the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), has placed the price tag for the LA-SF bullet train project at $98 billion— trippling the $33 billion estimate provided in 2008 in the voter-approved […]

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California High-Speed Rail Program Draft 2012 Business Plan

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
California High-Speed Rail Business Plan

CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY
Continued population and economic growth will place even more demand on mobility systems that are already overburdened. Over the next 30 to 40 years, California is projected to add the equivalent of the current population of the state of New York. There is no question: meeting the demands of that growth will require major investments in transportation infrastructure over the next generation. Those investments will measure in the tens of billions of dollars. The question will not be if those investments need to be made, but how the investments that will be made can provide the greatest benefit.

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The Urgency of Reforming the Federal Railroad Administration

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

PEDESTRIAN OBSERVATIONS
House Transportation Committee Chair John Mica (R-FL) has finally come out explicitly in favor of privatizing the Northeast Corridor and letting private consortia bid for high-speed rail construction. Mica’s rationale is that Amtrak is an inefficient government provider, and its proposal for spending $117 billion over 30 years to build high-speed rail in the Northeast is deficient…Not mentioned anywhere in the article is the FRA, which is the real obstacle to modern rail operations. Mica has to my knowledge said nothing about the FRA, which is too bad, since it could feed into the Republican narrative of bad government and the need for privatization and deregulation.

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