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State agencies OK water permits, land condemnation for high-speed rail
A pair of state agencies announced actions Friday to advance the California High-Speed Rail Authority's efforts to begin construction of its bullet-train line in the central San Joaquin Valley.
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Fri Mar 14, 2014
Inside Bay Area
California GOP convention gathers faithful to 'rebuild, renew, reclaim'
Delegates arriving at this weekend's California Republican Party convention Friday seemed as determined as mountaineers at the base of K2 -- but still searching for a sturdy climbing rope.
Rail board cleared to condemn 8 more properties
The agency overseeing California's high-speed rail project won permission Friday from a separate state board to begin eminent domain proceedings against eight properties in Fresno that are needed to build the line's initial segment.
The Fresno Bee
A view of a train moving through a wind farm in the proposed high-speed rail network.
The state Water Resources Control Board announced Friday it has approved a permit to allow construction of a high-speed rail line between Fresno and Madera.
Thu Mar 13, 2014
CARB, Not LAO, Is Authority on CO2 Reduction
The Legislative Analyst's Office is a good source for statistical analysis of the state budget.
Light at end of Eurotunnel after 20 year
Twenty years after opening for business, Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel finally sees a strong and profitable future, supported by record passenger traffic and a growing freight business.
Fracking Is Creating A Rift Between Governor Jerry Brown And Some California Democrats
Despite putting environmental issues at the center of his re-election bid, California Governor Jerry Brown is catching flak from fellow Democrats for his support of fracking.
Wed Mar 12, 2014
Environmental and Urban Economics
My Three New NBER Papers
In this blog post, I would like to preview my three new NBER papers. One is on Walmart's energy consumption.
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TN Moving Stories: Transpo News Links from Around the Web
A MAS plane is seen on the tarmac on March 11, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Officials have expanded the searh area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MG370.
Transit Ridership Booms in California
Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise - the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and being released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association.
Waste Watch: High Speed Rail Losing Bidders to Receive Millions
The board approved giving up to two million dollars to bidders whose designs for the second phase of high speed rail, are passed over.
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Taxpayers Ride the Rails to Insolvency
The Federal Transit Administration says in a new report that the light-rail "Purple Line" expanding Washington, D.C.'s rail system into the Maryland suburbs will cost a billion dollars more than originally estimated.
Bullet train spending approaches $1.2B
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The Fresno Bee
High-speed rail board OKs stipend as carrot for construction bids
Bidders competing for a contract to design and build the second piece of high-speed rail line in the San Joaquin Valley could receive up to $2 million apiece if their bid is passed over.
Mon Mar 10, 2014
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Economy and Drought Top List of Election Issues
Bill Whalen who is a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution says the high-speed rail project is also a subject sure to be on voters' minds this year.
Sun Mar 09, 2014
Sunday Train: Cap&Trade Funds should help finance the California HSR
One element of the recent California HSR "revised" draft 2012 Business Plan involves looking to one particular means of finance in addition to general fund bond finance and Federal transport grant funding: Cap-and-Trade Program Funds Assembly Bill 32 mandates a reduction of statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
Belleville News Democrat
I read in the BND about Alton's planned high-speed rail hub. It appears they have a grand plan in place and dollars flowing.
Israel Railways CEO: Tel Aviv-Jerusalem train to open on time
Israel Railways executives promised on Sunday that the high-speed train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will be complete on time.
Sat Mar 08, 2014
California gubernatorial candidate Kashkari attacks Brown's pet project
FRESNO, CALIF.: The rescue mission for addicts stands squarely in the path of California's controversial bullet train, and gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari had decided to use the grim setting for an attack on the rail project dear to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
Riding the rails to insolvency at high speed
The Federal Transit Administration says in a new report that the light-rail "Purple Line" expanding Washington, D.C.'s rail system further into the Maryland suburbs will cost $1 billion more than originally estimated.