August 16, 2018 – On August 9, the House Railroads Subcommittee went to Sacramento for a field hearing on the California high-speed rail project.
Eno Transportation Weekly
Category: High-Speed Rail
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.
March 14, 2018 – Timeline of the escalating cost estimates and shrinking scope of the California high-speed rail project from 1999 through 2018.
January 18, 2018 – The estimated cost of the initial Fresno to Bakersfield segment of the California high-speed rail system has soared another $2.8 billion, to $10.6 billion.
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.
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).
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.
August 31, 2016 – House Railroad Subcommittee chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) decided to break up his long summer recess by holding a field hearing of his subcommittee this week in San Francisco to get a status check on the California high-speed rail project.
August 24, 2016 – New budget estimates from the Congressional Budget Office continue to show a dismal long-term federal fiscal picture and a slight deterioration in the projected finances of the Highway Trust Fund.
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.
March 17, 2016 – In the last week, DOT has issued regulations on train crew minimum size, state ability to regulate mass transit safety, TIFIA loans, high-speed rail corridors, and highway safety improvement.
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.
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.
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.
January 7, 2015 – The beleaguered $68 billion California high-speed rail project held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday in Fresno.