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Leadership turnover at the California High-Speed Rail Authority could signal shakeup
Leadership turnover at the California High-Speed Rail Authority could signal shakeup
The organizational chart of top management at California’s bullet train authority disappeared from the agency’s website about three months ago, sending what now seems like a sign of impending shakeup. Chief Executive Jeff Morales announced his departure on April 21 in a letter sent to Gov. Jerry...
Help wanted: chief executive officer for California high speed rail project. Pays well but may include sleepless nights
Help wanted: chief executive officer for California high speed rail project. Pays well but may include sleepless nights
The pressure is on board members at the California High-Speed Rail Authority to replace their chief executive officer, who left his job Friday. Jeff Morales notified the board and Gov. Jerry Brown in April that he would be leaving, though rumors of his departure were widespread late last year....
‘Golden State’ plan will guide development near Burbank airport and proposed high-speed rail station
‘Golden State’ plan will guide development near Burbank airport and proposed high-speed rail station
The area east and south of Hollywood Burbank Airport used to be home to Lockheed Martin’s aerospace manufacturing from the 1940s until the company’s departure in the 1990s. Since then, the heavy manufacturing footprint in that region has transformed into an eclectic mix of commercial, light industrial,...
High-speed rail officials’ plan to elevate crossings opposed by some Glendale residents
High-speed rail officials’ plan to elevate crossings opposed by some Glendale residents
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has proposed building three elevated railways at three intersections in Glendale as a safety measure. However, several residents have concerns about the state’s plans and want officials to come up with something else. About 30 residents gathered in a meeting...
A political battle over California's bullet train has ended with the release of money
A political battle over California's bullet train has ended with the release of money
The state finance department has cleared the way for a $713-million state grant to electrify a commuter rail system in the Bay Area, ending a political battle started earlier this year by California Republicans in the U.S. House. State Finance Director Michael Cohen sent a letter last week to the...
California sells $1.2 billion of bonds to finance construction of bullet train in the Central Valley
California sells $1.2 billion of bonds to finance construction of bullet train in the Central Valley
The California treasurer sold $1.2 billion in bonds Thursday to help finance construction of high-speed rail in the Central Valley, a significant development after years of delays in tapping the bonds that taxpayers approved in 2008. The move makes clear that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to move forward...
Who is going to pay for the bullet train to L.A.?
Who is going to pay for the bullet train to L.A.?
The California High Speed Rail Authority's newly revised business plan faces up to a hard truth: Money is tight. If the agency is going to complete the first leg of a commercially viable bullet train on time and on budget, it has to build the first segment in Northern California and postpone the...
Published in Los Angeles Times on April 17, 2016 — Print headline: "High-speed rail to nowhere?"
U.S. Department of Transportation puts off OK of key $647-million grant related to California's bullet train
U.S. Department of Transportation puts off OK of key $647-million grant related to California's bullet train
The U.S. Department of Transportation has deferred a decision on a $647-million grant that would help Caltrain electrify a section of track between San Jose and San Francisco, a project crucial to California’s struggling high-speed rail project.  The decision not to approve the grant by a key Friday...
Head of California's $64-billion bullet train project is stepping down
Head of California's $64-billion bullet train project is stepping down
California bullet train Chief Executive Jeff Morales will leave the rail agency in June, ending a five-year tenure that saw mixed results in moving the $64-billion project forward. An announcement by the California High-Speed Rail Authority on Friday did not give a reason for Morales’ departure...
Bullet train agency is expected to go forward with business plan despite widespread criticism
Bullet train agency is expected to go forward with business plan despite widespread criticism
The state high-speed rail authority is poised to adopt a new business plan at a board meeting Thursday, despite concerns voiced by lawmakers, regional officials and independent experts. The draft business plan, released in February, was criticized for its lack of specificity about the source of...
Published in Los Angeles Times on April 21, 2016 — Print headline: "Bullet train business plan approval likely - The high-speed rail authority is expected to give its OK despite widespread criticism."
Gov. Brown asks President Trump for help on the California bullet train
Gov. Brown asks President Trump for help on the California bullet train
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday appealed to President Trump for help on the California bullet train, which would connect Los Angeles and San Francisco. Brown’s letter asks the president to transfer federal oversight of environmental reviews on the $64-billion project to the state rail authority. It...
New legal challenge to California bullet train is filed in Superior Court
New legal challenge to California bullet train is filed in Superior Court
Opponents of the California bullet train alleged in legal papers filed Tuesday that the California legislature violated the state constitution when it passed a law last year amending and modifying the $9-billion high speed rail bond act that voters approved in 2008.  If the suit further delays...
The price of safety on California's bullet train is only now becoming apparent
The price of safety on California's bullet train is only now becoming apparent
Engineers on California’s high-speed rail project have worried for nine years about the sort of train wreck that occurred in New York last October. Six hundred rail passengers were rolling across Long Island at 50 mph on a Saturday night when a maintenance train on a parallel track derailed and...
A judge has refused effort to block spending on California's bullet train
A judge has refused effort to block spending on California's bullet train
The California bullet train dodged another legal bullet Tuesday when a Sacramento Superior Court judge tentatively rejected a request to stop the state rail agency from spending bond money approved by voters in 2008. Opponents of the project sought an injunction to keep the agency from spending...
High-speed rail through Central Valley
High-speed rail through Central Valley
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The state rail agency plans to start construction of the bullet train system on 130 miles in the Central Valley, running from Madera to Bakersfield. The route cuts through some of the richest agricultural land in the world. 10 MILES Bakersfield Station FresnoStation Kings/TulareRegional Station...
L.A. County Supervisor Barger talks high-speed rail, senior services and mental-health programs with Burbank officials
L.A. County Supervisor Barger talks high-speed rail, senior services and mental-health programs with Burbank officials
Newly elected Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the 5th District, met with Burbank City Council members Thursday to talk about how city and county officials can work together on various issues, including senior services, transportation challenges, mental-health programs...
Federal warning of higher bullet-train costs prompts sharp opinions, plans for congressional hearings
Federal warning of higher bullet-train costs prompts sharp opinions, plans for congressional hearings
A confidential estimate by federal regulators that the cost of California’s bullet train project could jump significantly has prompted critics of the $64-billion Los Angeles-to-San Francisco rail effort to call for new investigations and proponents to disclaim reports that project costs are growing....
Red flags for high-speed rail
Red flags for high-speed rail
Did the California High-Speed Rail Authority downplay potential cost increases for the state's controversial bullet train? In a draft PowerPoint presentation dated October 2013, the agency's project management consultant estimated that the cost of the first phase of the line, from Burbank to Merced,...
California Democrat withdraws support for the high-speed rail project
California Democrat withdraws support for the high-speed rail project
The rock-solid Democratic support in Sacramento for the bullet train, which has endured despite legal and financial setbacks in recent years, has developed a political fissure. Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando) says she is withdrawing her support for the project, and she says five other...
Published in Los Angeles Times on December 09, 2015 — Print headline: "Democrat won't back bullet train - Assemblywoman is concerned about the impact of the line on her San Fernando Valley district."
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