Posts Tagged ‘bullet train’

Another $2.8 Billion Boards Bullet-Train Boondoggle


Wednesday January 17th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:39am PST   •   3 Comments

“A slew of delays and higher-than-expected costs are driving the anticipated price of high-speed rail construction in the central San Joaquin Valley by more than one-third, to about $10.6 billion,” writes Tim Sheehan in the Fresno Bee. “That’s a $2.8 billion jump from the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s estimate in 2016 of $7.8 billion…
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California High-Speed Rail Rides No-Bid Gravy Train


Thursday June 22nd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:42am PDT   •   1 Comment

California’s vaunted bullet train has yet to carry a single passenger but it has managed to make the news. As it turns out, the state’s High-Speed Rail Authority offered a contract extension of $3 million on a noncompetitive basis. In other words, it was a no-bid sweetheart deal. That emerged in a new report…
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Bullet Train’s “Blended” Boondoggle


Thursday July 14th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:17am PDT   •   0 Comments

We have been keeping track, so to speak, of California’s high-speed rail project, the vaunted “bullet train.” In February, we noted that farmers are not eager to sell the land the project needs. The alleged cost of $68 billion was already more than double the $33 billion estimate before California voters approved $9.95 billion…
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Government Rail Switches Tracks on Taxpayers


Monday February 22nd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:48pm PST   •   1 Comment

We have been keeping track of California’s so-called high-speed rail project, backed by governor Jerry Brown and facing huge problems. As in Blazing Saddles, one thing stands in the way of the land they need: the rightful owners. The farmers, in particular, are not eager to sell. The project will supposedly cost $68 billion,…
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Governor’s Tunnel Vision Gets Worse


Monday January 18th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:40am PST   •   0 Comments

As we have noted, governor Jerry Brown wants to drill two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The total cost of his Delta conservation plan is $25 billion, but based on projects such as Boston’s “Big Dig,” and a highway tunnel project in Seattle, the cost would be much higher. A coalition…
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Bullet Train Has Costly Tunnel Vision


Monday October 26th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:52am PDT   •   6 Comments

We have been keeping track of California’s bullet train boondoggle, or as some call it, a “Browndoggle” after governor Jerry Brown. He backs the train and wants to dig two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta at an estimated cost of $25 billion. Now taxpayers learn that the bullet train also has…
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Bullet Train Is Slow-Speed Boondoggle


Wednesday June 17th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:51am PDT   •   2 Comments

We have been keeping track, so to speak, of California’s vaunted “Bullet Train,” officially the state’s High-Speed Rail project. But as it turns out, “high speed” is something of a misnomer, as William Bigelow notes on Breitbart. The first actual construction on the project is a viaduct over the Fresno River, nowhere near the…
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Bullet Train Cap and Raid


Monday March 30th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:41am PDT   •   1 Comment

Politicians promoted the California high-speed rail project as a rapid route between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. But as we noted, the “bullet train” broke ground near Fresno. Now Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee finds a gap between other bullet-train claims and reality. The California High-Speed Rail Authority claims that…
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Government Money Guzzlers


Wednesday February 18th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:07am PST   •   1 Comment

Californians are paying off $5 billion in cost overruns on the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, which came in, count ‘em, ten years late, with its safety still in doubt. Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend $68 billion on a “bullet train” that would be slower and more expensive than air travel. He also wants…
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Feds Back Bullet Train Boondoggle


Monday December 22nd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:06am PST   •   2 Comments

California’s vaunted $68 billion “bullet train” is a big hit with politicians eager as always to spend taxpayers’ money. The bullet train, however, will be slower and more expensive than air travel, and in a high-tech state few if any commuters are panting for an essentially 19th century form of transportation. Sold as a…
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