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Private investors warming to Calif. high-speed rail

Nine companies, mostly large construction, engineering and infrastructure firms that have worked on high-speed rail elsewhere, have written letters saying they are interested in financing part of what would be the state’s largest-ever infrastructure project.

Three companies invest $150M in Clean Energy

The $150-million investment is in the form of 7.50 percent convertible notes due in 2016. The notes will be convertible into shares of Clean Energy common stock at $15 per share. The closing of the investment is scheduled to occur on or before Aug. 30, 2011 and is subject to customary conditions.

Amtrak seeking private investment for Northeast Corridor

Pursuit of private financing is one of several actions taken by the agency to expedite its next-generation high-speed rail vision plan since it was announced in September 2010. The business plan will identify and develop public and private funding sources and address fundamental issues of risk, credit, debt and investment phasing among other criteria.

DesignLine receives substantial financing

The patented and proprietary designs for hybrid and all-electric buses significantly reduce emissions and provide lower total life-cycle operational costs, according to the company.

Support Transit Development and Operation?

When properly employed, such partnerships between government and the private sector can expedite projects, transfer development and operations risk, and provide better opportunities to leverage limited funds.