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Everyone in California Agrees More Federal Pork for High Speed Rail is a Good Thing

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

When it comes to funding an 11-figure(!) transit project, every litttle counts as they say in Euro-land. So just try finding an elected official in CA who don’t want the Feds to kick in another eight figures, to drip another drop in the bucket, right?

Well, our California High-Speed Rail Authority recently asked around, and it turns out that everyone is all aboard.

Deets below.

A Californian TGV pour vous et moi? Someday, maybe:

François Lacôte, SVP at French conglomerate (and BART train maker!) Alstom Transport, and our globetrotting First Couple, Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, trainspotting in France a year or so ago. Via the Mayor’s Office of Communications.

To Be Continued….

California High-Speed Rail Authority Seeks New Federal Funds. Local Leaders Support $16.6 Million Bid for Planning

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 19 — With strong support from local officials, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has submitted three planning grant applications that could provide as much as $16.6 million in additional federal funding for the state’s high-speed train project.

The funds would pay for service development plans that would help keep the preparation of draft environmental documents and preliminary engineering documents on schedule in the Los Angeles to San Diego and Merced to Sacramento sections of the high-speed rail project and on the Altamont Corridor Rail Project. In addition, the Authority is also supporting the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in its effort to apply for rail plan grants.

“California’s high-speed train project is the biggest public infrastructure project in the nation,” said Authority Chairman Curt Pringle. “We’re already leading the pack in federal funding for high-speed rail, and we’re committed to fighting to bring every federal dollar possible to California. These new applications show we’re continuing to work hard to win additional support and keep high-speed rail on track.”

The applications will go to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which has $115 million available for planning and construction funds for high-speed intercity passenger rail under the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act approved in 2008. Up to $50 million will be awarded in this round of funding.

It Goes On…


Mayor Gavin Newsom Demands a Downtown Terminal for CA High Speed Rail

Monday, January 26th, 2009

You know what San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom wants? He wants the new California High Speed Rail System to make tracks all the way up to the new Transbay Terminal near Mission Street instead of having the rails end around the CalTrain Station on King Street. Says our Mayor, who is right now this moment learning all about high speed rail on the scene in Paris, France:

 We’re not going to build a $2 billion bus station under my watch.”

Well, that says it all.

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François Lacôte, SVP at French conglomerate (and BART train maker!) Alstom Transport, and our globetrotting First Couple, Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, today trainspotting in France. Via the Mayor’s Office of Communications.

And you know who would agree with Gavin? Dave Snyder, Transportation Policy Director at San Francisco Planning + Urban Research (SPUR). He thinks the voter-approved high-speed rail should “reach right into the heart of San Francisco, even if it costs more than… [nibbles right pinky ] one billion dollars.”

However, High Speed Rail Authority Chair Quentin Kopp might look at things a different way.

What will it appear like? Here’s an idea on the YouTube: San Francisco Transbay Transit Center Animation. Complete with intra- and inter-city rail, it’s just like a small version of Toyko Station. They want you to think of it as the Grand Central Station of the West(TM).

Will we get the necessary $300,000,000 “train box” underneath the TT earlier rather than later? Will CalTrain finally have a chance to get up there to Mission as well? Stay tuned.

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