High Speed Rail

January 17, 2012, 11am PST
President Obama's 25 year vision for a nationwide revolution in High Speed Rail is stuck in the station.
The Washington Post
January 11, 2012, 11am PST
For those who missed it, Friday brought the end to the influential infrastructure focused blog -- The Infrastructurist
The Infrastructurist
January 10, 2012, 9am PST
If California doesn't start work on high speed rail by September, 2011, it will lose $3 billion in funding. If California does start work without securing future funding, it could end up with a $6 billion track to nowhere.
The Washington Post
January 10, 2012, 6am PST
Architect Peter Calthorpe lays out a forceful argument for the lower costs and higher benefits of constructing high speed rail versus expanded highways to serve the state's growing population and economic development.
San Francisco Chronicle
January 6, 2012, 8am PST
A 'peer review' committee advises that the legislature should refuse to authorize funding for the first phase of California's high speed rail project, citing a "immense financial risk" for the state.
Los Angeles Times
December 30, 2011, 11am PST
Atlantic Cities offers a review of ten of the worst urban transportation failures to take place in American cities in 2011.
Atlantic Cities
November 24, 2011, 7am PST
Per a USDOT press release on Monday, Secretary LaHood has OK'd an additional $928.6 million in funding for California high speed rail, keeping the funds out of reach from state Republicans who'd rather the money go to highway construction.
California High Speed Rail Blog
November 2, 2011, 10am PDT
According to preliminary reports on the new business plan, the California High Speed Rail Authority's new estimate for the 800-mile system will be $98.5 billion - initially pegged at $43 billion, and will take an additional 13 years to build.
Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2011, 5am PDT
On Tuesday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority announced that the cost of the project has tripled to nearly $99 billion, and federal funds for it don't exist yet--prompting some legislators' support to fizzle.
San Jose Mercury News
September 20, 2011, 2pm PDT
If the lack of funding doesn't kill it, lawsuits in northern, southern, and now central California might just do it. California Watch analyzes the lawsuits facing the CA High Speed Rail Authority in the three regions of the state.
California Watch via SF Chronicle
August 4, 2011, 6am PDT
This post from <em>The Infrastructurist</em> looks at recent arguments for and against high speed rail projects in the U.S. through the lens of spending.
Infrastructurist
June 28, 2011, 5am PDT
Officials in Malaysia and Singapore have high hopes for the high speed rail link planned between the two countries.
The Star
May 26, 2011, 10am PDT
California's high speed rail project has been criticized for starting its first section in the state's central valley and connecting to small towns. But this piece argues that's exactly the right way to do it.
Miller-McCune
May 3, 2011, 6am PDT
A compromise high speed rail approach for the Peninsula to have the train use the existing Caltrain corridor without elevating or widening it may have mollified some Peninsula HSR opponents but stirred opposition by Central Valley HSR advocates.
Merced Sun-Star
March 13, 2011, 9am PDT
A $1.3 million ridership study produced by transportation consultants for the State of Florida made the case that high-speed rail would have made money from day one -- too late, because Gov. Scott has already killed the project.
Orlando Sentinel
January 19, 2011, 6am PST
As states return money aimed at high speed rail projects, officials from North Carolina are hoping to scramble up some of this newly available funding to augment existing projects.
News and Observer
January 18, 2011, 2pm PST
Writing for <em>Metropolis</em>, Karrie Jacobs bemoans America's slow pace of growth in transportation infrastructure, and blasts efforts as being too "incremental".
Metropolis
January 10, 2011, 7am PST
Sounding very much like the new OH and WI Republican governors, a key state Republican legislator wants to avoid the ongoing state subsidy for Iowa City to Chicago trains. At stake is $230 million in a Federal rail grant to build 110 mph trains.
Des Moines Register
January 8, 2011, 1pm PST
PBS program "Need to Know" recently ran a segment on "Fixing America" where they asked a handful of big thinkers how to fix America. They invited regular people to send in their ideas, and have a follow up with answers from the public.
NEED TO KNOW on PBS.org
December 23, 2010, 1pm PST
By refusing federal stimulus funds for high speed rail projects in their states, incoming Republican governors in Midwest gifted California over $600 million in new funding for the state's planned 800-mile network, says the Fresno Bee.
The Fresno Bee