CA High Speed Rail Receives More Good News from Feds

Two days after the CA High Speed Rail Authority received federal environmental streamlining of the 60-mile Merced to Fresno segment, the Federal Railroad Administration announced they will do the same for the 114-mile Fresno to Bakersfield segment.

September 24, 2012, 10:00 AM PDT

By Irvin Dawid


Tim Sheehan reports on the double-dose of good news the California High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) received from President Obama's "We Can't Wait" initiative that is intended to "to speed development of major transportation projects". Consequently, the FRA has been directed to to"finish its environmental review of the remaining segment of the Central Valley route, known as the ‘spine' of the CA High Speed Rail project, the Fresno-Bakersfield 114-mile section by October 2013."

Unlike the northern, 60-mile Merced to Fresno segment that has a completed environmental review by HSRA and which received expedited federal approval on Weds, Sept. 19 (see Let the Track-Laying Begin!), both the "HSRA and the FRA are working on the environmental review of the Fresno-Bakersfield section", the southern stem of the spine.

Even with the expedited federal environmental review of the southern Central Valley segment, it will be difficult to meet the federal requirement that came with the $3.3 billion in federal grants that construction for the "120-mile stretch of the route, between Madera and Bakersfield known as the Initial Construction Segment to be completed by September 2017."

"The boards of supervisors in Kings, Tulare and Kern counties and many of the cities along the Fresno-Bakersfield line have taken formal positions opposing the project. Kings County and two of its residents also are suing the state rail authority over the legality of the program."

Also reporting on the White House announcement was Michael Cabanatuan, transportation reporter of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jeff Morales, chief executive officer of the High-Speed Rail Authority, said the order requires federal agencies to avoid delays and complete environmental reviews as fast as possible."

In addition to the high speed rail project, the White House directive will expedite a "second California project, the Water Emergency Transit Authority's planned expansion of its San Francisco ferry terminal. The $115.6 million project "would add two, and eventually three, ferry berths to the Water Emergency Transit Authority's two landings at the Ferry Building.

Thanks to David McCoard

Friday, September 21, 2012 in The Fresno Bee

Walkable DC

Urban Villages: The Key to Sustainable Community Economic Development

Compact, walkable urban villages support sustainable economic development by reducing transportation costs, leaving residents with more money to spend on local goods, and by creating more efficient and attractive commercial districts.

January 25, 2022 - Todd Litman

New York City Politicians wears a mask at a New York subway station during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Leadership at New York Department of City Planning

With a new mayoral administration comes new planning leadership in the Big Apple.

January 20, 2022 - New York City

Utah

'15-Minute City' To Be Built in Utah

A community that focuses on reducing the need for car ownership and providing effective multimodal transportation and diverse land uses will be built from scratch on the site of the decommissioned Utah State Prison.

January 19, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

Downtown Milwaukee

On-Demand Transit To Connect Suburban Milwaukee Job Centers

A new last-mile service set to launch in February will connect the city's residents with job-rich suburbs.

January 28 - Urban Milwaukee

An image of Washington D.C. with highways and the streaks from car head and tail lights in the foreground, and the Washington Monument in the background.

Washington D.C.'s New Parking Cash-Out Law Levels the Playing Field between Modes

Washington D.C.'s new “parking cash-out” law requires that employers who provide a parking benefit for employees must now provide them the same market value in clean-air transportation fringe benefits. Here's how it works.

January 28 - D.C.’s “Parking Cash-Out” Law: Your Choices Impact Employees

New York Subway

Big Transit Projects To Look Forward to in 2022

An exhaustive list of all fixed-guideway projects scheduled to open or break ground in the U.S. in 2022.

January 28 - the transport politic

Planner

St. Louis County (Missouri) Department of Planning

Associate

SB Friedman Development Advisors

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Case Study posted on HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

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.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.