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Category: High-Speed Rail

California High-Speed Rail Cost Could Rise to $98B, Authority Admits It May Not Be Able To Complete IOS

March 14, 2018 – Last Friday, the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) released a draft 2018 business plan stating that costs for completing Phase 1 of the system (San Francisco to Anaheim) could rise as high as $98 billion, that completion will take four more years to complete than was estimated two years ago, and that the authority will probably need additional funding from somewhere in order to complete the initial operating segment of the system.

Books Closed on FY17; $248 Million in ARRA High Speed Rail Funding Vanishes Unspent

December 1, 2017 – The Treasury Department closed the books on fiscal year 2017 this week by releasing the account-level spending data to the public in the Combined Statement of Receipts, Outlays and Balances, which shows that $247.6 million of the $8 billion in high-speed rail funding provided by the ARRA stimulus law vanished, unspent, at midnight on September 30.

Court Rulings May Delay California High Speed Rail

August 4, 2017 – A pair of recent court rulings in the last eight days have opened the way for numerous lawsuits against the California high-speed rail project under the auspices of the famously lawsuit-friendly California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

USDOT Puts Bay Area Commuter Rail Project On Hold

February 23, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Transportation last week put a three-month delay on the execution of a deal that would commit $647 million in future Federal Transit Administration discretionary appropriations towards a $2 billion plan to electrify the Caltrain commuter railroad in the San Francisco Bay area.

Projected Finish Date of First California HSR Leg Stretched to 2022

May 20, 2016 – The Federal Railroad Administration formally admitted on May 18 that the first phase of the beleaguered California high speed rail project, between Merced and Bakersfield, won’t be completed until 2022, not 2018 as the FRA had previously been maintaining.

California High-Speed Rail Project Changes Direction, Wants $5.2B RRIF Loan

The troubled California high-speed rail project last week released a new business plan that contained a new cost estimate and a new funding strategy that were in turn predicated on a new direction for the initial operating segment, which is now proposed to run from San Jose to just north of Bakersfield instead of from the Merced area to the San Fernando Valley.

CBO Predicts $2.5B in ARRA High-Speed Rail Money Will Evaporate, Unspent

February 5, 2016 – Buried in the supporting information for the Congressional Budget Office’s new Budget and Economic Outlook report last week was a prediction that $2.5 billion of the $8.0 billion provided by the 2009 ARRA economic stimulus law for high-speed and intercity passenger rail development will evaporate, unspent, on October 1, 2017, due largely to the slow pace of the California high-speed rail project.

USDOT Grants $28 Million for DC-Baltimore Maglev Study

November 19, 2015 – As headlines this week have indicated, the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) granted the State of Maryland $27.8 million for “preconstruction and planning costs for the potential development of a magnetic levitation (maglev) train between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.

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