High-Speed Rail http://kalw.org en Californians want benefits of high-speed rail, not the price tag http://kalw.org/post/californians-want-benefits-high-speed-rail-not-price-tag <div class="article-description" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 23.75px;"><p style="margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.5em;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0p Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:24:11 +0000 Isabel Angell 33993 at http://kalw.org Californians want benefits of high-speed rail, not the price tag California's high-speed rail gets first contractor http://kalw.org/post/californias-high-speed-rail-gets-first-contractor <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: inherit; line-height: 1.5em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">The first construction phase for California’s high-speed rail plan to link San Francisco and Los Angeles in under three hours has a builder. And the bid came in $200 million under expectations.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:38:00 +0000 Isabel Angell 25969 at http://kalw.org California's high-speed rail gets first contractor Bullet train back on track http://kalw.org/post/bullet-train-back-track <p>The bullet train may be back on track. Earlier this month the state legislature narrowly approved $8 billion dollars in bond money to start construction of the high-speed rail system connecting Los Angeles to the Bay Area. Governor Jerry Brown signed off at ceremonies in LA and San Francisco.</p><p>The project is now expected to cost close to $69 billion dollars to complete. The bulk of the money the legislature just approved will go to start building a 130-mile stretch of track in the Central Valley; about a quarter will go to local transportation projects in LA and San Francisco.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:30:20 +0000 Julie Caine 14082 at http://kalw.org Bullet train back on track High-speed rail gets the green light http://kalw.org/post/high-speed-rail-gets-green-light <p>Governor Jerry Brown gave high-speed rail the official green light today, signing legislation authorizing $8 billion in initial funding for the controversial $68 billion project.</p><p>Signing ceremonies in San Francisco and Los Angeles emphasized the political importance of the $1.9 billion allocated for improving existing commuter rail systems in these cities, the eventual &ldquo;bookends&rdquo; of the rail network that would connect northern and southern California.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:49:07 +0000 Julie Caine 13720 at http://kalw.org High-speed rail gets the green light High-Speed Rail passes California Legislature http://kalw.org/post/high-speed-rail-passes-california-legislature-1 <p>The California State Senate today narrowly authorized funding for the nation&rsquo;s biggest high-speed rail plan.</p><p>This vote authorizes initial funding for the bullet train, with construction set to begin in the Central Valley. It also provides close to $2 billion to upgrade Caltrain, and commuter rail lines in Los Angeles.</p><p>The senate vote was mostly along party lines, with Democrats supporting the plan and Republicans opposing, but several powerful Democrats crossed the aisle, including the chair of the transportation committee, Mark DeSaulnier.</p> Sat, 07 Jul 2012 00:12:08 +0000 Julie Caine 13209 at http://kalw.org High-Speed Rail passes California Legislature