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High Speed Rail

China's capital city is already one of the largest in the world, but it's about to get a whole lot bigger. As the Chinese population continues to migrate from rural to urban areas, the Chinese government is planning for megacity of 130 million.
Aug 2, 2015   New York Times
Long lines at airport security and weather delays have contributed to Amtrak's commanding travel mode share between D.C. and NYC, and majority share between NYC and Boston, but the lead is threatened by the competition and aging infrastructure.
Aug 17, 2012   The New York Times - Business Day
A new academic study has determined that California's beleaguered high speed rail project may meet at least one promise if fully built - it can bring the environmental improvements that supporters boasted when travelers ditch planes and cars for HSR.
Aug 1, 2012   The Daily Californian
TIME's senior national correspondent posits that once the first shovel begins digging int the Central Valley, the $68 billion project will be hard to stop, regardless of the fact that no federal funding awaits as long as the GOP controls the House.
Jul 12, 2012   Time
After a much heralded vote on July 6 in the state Senate, the embattled CA high-speed rail project is now eligible to receive $7.9 billion in state and federal funds, but formidable obstacles remain, not the least of which is finding $60 billion.
Jul 10, 2012   The Wall Street Journal
Gov. Jerry Brown is asking the state legislature to alter the state's environmental law (CEQA) in order to begin construction of the high speed rail project in the Central Valley. It is aimed at heading off lawsuits intended to delay the project.
Jun 4, 2012   San Jose Mercury News
Joseph Strauss' dream of spanning the Golden Gate is remarkably similar to Gov. Jerry Brown's of spanning the Golden State with high speed rail, and providing fresh water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Public opposition is the common link.
Jun 2, 2012   KTVU.Com
For the second time this week, the "Room For Debate" section of <em>The New York Times</em> is tackling an area of interest for planners. This time, High Speed Rail in California is up for debate by a series of contributors.
Jan 28, 2012   The New York Times
Facing strong headwinds from citizens, legislators, and analysts, Governor Jerry Brown threw his unequivocal support behind the state's proposed high speed rail project in his annual State of the State address.
Jan 20, 2012   The New York Times
Tim Sheehan investigates the lessons -- both successes and mistakes -- that can be learned from Spain's 20-year history with high speed trains.
Jan 18, 2012   The Fresno Bee
President Obama's 25 year vision for a nationwide revolution in High Speed Rail is stuck in the station.
Jan 17, 2012   The Washington Post