It's been all quiet on the Western front since recent bad news for the California High Speed Rail Authority.
"There’s a new business plan; some routes are finalized; environmental impact reviews are done; the first construction phase has started; and groundbreaking is imminent," writes Ben Tripousis and Boris Lipkin.
The update offers and optimistic future for the rail project that has thus far been challenged with hundreds of lawsuits and other hurdles such as exceeding expected service times.
"Combined with the previous environmental clearance for the Merced-to-Fresno project section, the authority is now poised to finish obtaining permit." SPUR's analysis offers a view contrary to the most recent narrative, and is worth a critical look.