November 26, 2013

Calif. high-speed rail funding in doubt after court ruling

SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento judge on Monday ordered the state to draft a new budget for California's multibillion dollar bullet train project and prove there's enough money to finish the job before it is started, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The judge found the state's High-Speed Rail Authority failed to follow voter-approved requirements designed to prevent reckless spending on the $68 billion project. Although the project can use federal funds to break ground on the rail line, the rulings cast doubt on how the state will fund the project moving forward, according to the report. For the full story, click here.

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  • Wade Greene[ November 26th, 2013 @ 11:59am ]

    This judgment may be helpful if it causes a re-examination of the project's goals and purpose. The voters approved a bill that called for trains that run at 200 mph and travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hr. 40 min. These are arbitrary goals that lead to higher engineering and economic risks than necessary. The California Legislature needs to examine the project and set out societal (not engineering) goals for the voters to approve.

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