Why are we stuck in traffic on roadways and runways and left with a pokey, out-of-date rail system while nations with a small fraction of our resources are cruising on high-speed rail networks?
By Ralph Vartabedian and Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Riding California’s bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco would cost “about $50 a person,” supporters wrote in ballot arguments seven years ago when voters approved billions in funding for the project. In the years since, the state high-speed rail agency […]
By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Inn, a shuttered nightclub in a run-down section of Fresno, has been demolished. A few miles away, an 80-foot-deep shaft to test soil conditions has been sunk into the banks of the Fresno River. Officials say such activities, along with recent legal victories and […]
In Texas, a private company wants to build a bullet train joining Dallas and Houston. In California, the state is raising its own billions to create a very fast ride between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Two very different ways to fund high-speed rail, but they have one thing in common. They bypass the thousand-car […]
By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — When California voters approved $9 billion in funding for a bullet train in 2008, the ballot measure included the strictest engineering and spending controls ever placed on a major state project. Voters were told that the high-speed trains had to hit 220 mph, get from Los Angeles […]