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Reports: High-speed rail to start in Central Valley

Original post made on Oct 26, 2010

Construction of California's controversial high-speed rail project will likely begin in the Central Valley thanks to a $902 million federal grant the Federal Railroad Adminstration announced Monday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 11:47 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by phm, a resident of The Crossings
on Oct 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Starting by funding the middle of the line? Railroad to nowhere?

Posted by Kristine, a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm

It might actually be set up faster if it's being built both ways at the same time. I get they are starting where the land is cheap and unemployment levels are frightening enough that people won't turn down work in their area. Buying both cost and time to get a more final plan up here. And Road to nowhere? California is the most populous state in America. Middle of nowhere we ain't.

Posted by Rodger, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm

This project needs to be closed out by using a repeal proposition.

Posted by Seer, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 27, 2010 at 12:36 am

Rodger, there's no reason for a "repeal proposition" since the only people objecting to the project are the ones who objected to it before it was vote on in the first place. I'm sure the opponents would like it voted on so they can try out new messaging and manipulations to get their way but it was voted on fair and square, and despite some changes in the numbers since then, the fundamental economics of it haven't changed. If anything, this article shows that the predicted federal funding is starting to arrive.

Posted by Kristine, a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Yeah some people need to get that democracy doesn't means you always get your way. A firm majority wanted this and that's that.

I firmly believe infrastructure projects like this may be a good way to wean off dumb military projects that offer jobs but no other economic benefit otherwise.

Posted by Alfred, a resident of Castro City
on Nov 3, 2010 at 9:01 am

This project will never be completed, the HSR Authority will never get the likely $100 billion + it will take to complete the project and they probably don't care as long as they can spend 10/20 billion as play money.

I am happy to see the project starting in central valley, it will keep them busy until 2017 at what point it will most likely run out of funding and political capital
In the meantime, as Kristine said, the folks in the central valley badly need the money

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