Rail

Judge rejects bid to halt Calif. high-speed rail project

Posted on November 20, 2012

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley ruled to reject a bid by agricultural interests to temporarily halt California's high-speed rail project in the Central Valley until a lawsuit can be decided. The judgment means bidding and construction will proceed as scheduled on the first phase of the 800-mile high speed rail system set to connect the state.

"We are very excited about this ruling and feel this is just one more confirmation of the importance of this project and the public desire to see it built as quickly as possible," said US High Speed Rail Association President Andy Kunz.

Judge Frawley ruled that the cost of delaying the project outweighed the risk to farmers and others along the route whose property would be affected. The judge also said it was not clear to him at this point that the authority had failed to meet the standards of the environmental quality act, which was the premise of the lawsuit.

Construction of the first phase of the state-wide fast rail project is set to begin in July in the route between Merced and Fresno, an area in the central part of the state that is mostly farms.

"This project has widespread public and business support," said Rod Diridon, head of the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University. "The public's desire for a 21st Century form of transportation is clear and must be delivered."

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Hyperloop One announces 10 winners of 'Global Challenge'

The company will commit meaningful business and engineering resources and work closely with each of the winning teams/routes to determine their commercial viability.

Council chair recommends rejecting all light rail bids for Metro's Southwest project

The bids were opened last month and represent the bulk of the construction work involved in building the tracks, road, bridges, trails, tunnels, stations, and other facilities needed for the 14.5-mile light rail line.

Amtrak campaign touts benefits of train over air, car travel

The marketing campaign, "Break the Travel Quo," showcases clever videos that depict some of the most prevalent pain points of modern day travel.

Metra on-time performance hits 96% in August

In August, 731 of 18,296 trains were tardy by six minutes or more. The most common causes for delays were related to signal/switch failure, increased passenger loadings, and track construction.

QLINE aims to popularize streetcars in Detroit

The $144 million QLINE, built as a local catalyst project, began rolling May 12, 2017 on a 3.3-mile segment of Woodward Avenue.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close