Ralph Vartabedian is a former national correspondent at the Los Angeles Times and became a special contributor in April 2020. He joined the newspaper in 1981 and has covered many technical subjects, including aerospace, auto safety, nuclear weapons and high speed rail. He has won two Loeb awards and was a Pulitzer finalist, among many other career recognitions.
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Local officials warn of impacts from California high-speed rail project on Hollywood Burbank Airport and Burbank’s water supply.
A state appeals court has affirmed that the bullet train project did not violate the California Constitution with its segmented planning approach.
Amtrak is likely to be the biggest rail winner, getting the lion’s share of $66 billion to upgrade the northeast corridor from Boston to Washington.
The California High-Speed Rail Project pledged to minimize impacts on low-income people, but many say the project has run roughshod through their communities.
The state’s High-Speed Rail Authority faces at least $1 billion in more cost overruns from its contractors, at a time when its finances are highly complicated.
Officials in Needles feared the city could go dry but state officials have come through with a $2 million bailout.
Gov. Newsom and state legislative leaders are at an impasse in securing $4.2 billion more for California’s high-speed rail project.
At a critical time, the California High-Speed Rail Authority is unsure about funding from the Legislature and President Biden’s infrastructure plan.
Some California legislators want to explore investing in battery-powered trains, an idea that Newsom and the state’s two U.S. senators oppose.
Los grifos podrían secarse para los 5.000 residentes de Needles, que beben hasta dos litros de agua al día para hacer frente a las temperaturas de 120 grados.