April 16, 2014
New projections are 5% lower than initially expected by 2025 and 10% lower by 2040. The change was made based on research shows that Californians are taking shorter but more frequent trips.
The first phase will start running along a major interstate corridor that runs through downtown Orlando on May 1. The system is expected to eventually tie into an extensive public transit network linking Orlando and Miami by a higher-speed rail system.
March 5, 2014
The measure would prevent the issue and sale of remaining high-speed rail bonds and future contracts related to the project and lets the Legislature redirect unspent bond proceeds.
February 12, 2014
The estimate is for constructing the first 520-mile phase of the train line between San Francisco and Los Angeles. That is about 1% less than the $68.4 billion estimate from the 2012 business plan.
January 15, 2014
California Assemblyman Jeff Gorell proposed a measure that would ask voters, who previously approved nearly $10 billion in state bonds to help fund the project’s construction, to reject further bond sales for high-speed rail.
January 8, 2014
Plan would tap $250 million in funds from corporate fees on greenhouse gases in an effort to help make up for $9 billion in state funding that was blocked last year in a court ruling. Environmental groups want the funds go to projects that can have more immediate effects on climate change.
December 2, 2013
The 182 mph record was reached as it was conducting tests in the presence and in partnership with its customer, Polish operator PKP Intercity, to obtain circulation permission for the 20 Pendolino trains ordered by PKP Intercity in 2011.
November 27, 2013
One of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to build high-speed rail in the state, the University of Texas at Arlington found. Highway land is already owned by the state, eliminating the need to spend potentially billions of dollars buying or leasing private property.
November 6, 2013
A state senator took issue with its decision to continue with the Central Valley alignment. He expressed concerns about “the short notice of this new alignment and the lack of outreach.” The association responded that the route has been one of many alternatives since 2012 and staff members held several public outreach events in cities along the proposed route.
September 18, 2013
The state needs a few more months to buy more land and equipment, finish designs and hire workers. California High-Speed Rail Authority officials say they are on schedule, having started prep work, such as testing soil and surveying land one month ago.
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