Competing High Speed Rail Projects

Local LA-region maglev proposal is capturing interest at the expense of $25-billion Sacramento to San Diego line.

Read Time: 1 minute

June 10, 2000, 12:53 PM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

The long-planned, $25-billion, 700-mile, state high-speed rail line that could get passengers from downtown Los Angeles to downtown San Francisco in 2.5 hours is recognized by many business leaders and politicians as a huge boon to the economy. Developed by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the plan faces a huge price tag and legal and environmental hurdles, however. Meanwhile, a local $4 billion, 70-mile magnetic levitation (maglev) route between LA, San Gabriel, Ontario, and Riverside, is the brainchild of the Southern California Association of Governments. The local rail plan, which would be a federal demonstration project and the world's first maglev passenger train, is garnering support at the expense of the state proposal.

Thanks to Chris Steins

Saturday, June 10, 2000 in The Los Angeles Times


The Top Urban Planning Books of 2022

An annual list of the must-read books related to urban planning and its intersecting fields.

November 28, 2022 - James Brasuell


Anchorage Eliminates Parking Requirements Citywide

Anchorage is the latest city to enact sweeping parking reforms, in another blow to the car-centric status quo of planning.

November 23, 2022 - Anchorage Daily News

Central Subway Construction

Long Delayed, $1.95 Billion Central Subway Opens in San Francisco

San Francisco’s first north-south subway opened last weekend, extending service on Muni’s T light rail line.

November 22, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

Station with rown of red Capital Bikeshare parked bikes on Washington, D.C. sidewalk

Bikeshare Ridership Up From Pre-Pandemic Levels

Shared micromobility, particularly docked bikeshare systems, are seeing record growth, but ‘scooter inflation’ may cool riders’ enthusiasm.

32 minutes ago - Bloomberg CityLab

Metro Bus

Free Rides, Overnight Service Considered for Metro Transit in D.C.

Washington, D.C. councilmembers are making a bold commitment to public transit.

1 hour ago - The Washington Post

Wall of computer servers with blue and yellow cables for cryptocurrency mining

New York Temporarily Bans Crypto-Mining

Could New York State’s ban on the energy-intensive activity foreshadow similar actions in other parts of the country?

2 hours ago - Curbed

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.