Posts Tagged ‘California transportation’

FasTrak Fakery Preys on the People


Tuesday May 22nd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:11am PDT   •   0 Comments

Back on March 19, this writer put in his typical Monday workday and never left his neighborhood in California’s capital city. That schedule is somewhat at odds with a notice I received from FasTrak, California’s freeway tolling agency.  “Immediate Attention Required—Official FasTrak Notice,” read the outside of the envelope, mailed on May 14. “Violation…
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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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Bullet Train Waste Still Railroading Taxpayers


Monday January 16th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:02am PST   •   1 Comment

Before anybody else climbs aboard California’s “high-speed rail” project, they might give a listen to Ralph Vartabedian of the Los Angeles Times, who has been riding herd on this boondoggle from the start. The reporter has obtained a confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis charging that the bullet train could cost taxpayers 50 percent…
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Bullet Train BS


Wednesday November 16th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:00pm PST   •   4 Comments

Politicians pitched it as a magic carpet that would speed riders from Los Angeles to San Francisco in record time, with complete safety and total comfort. According to promoters California’s high-speed rail project, also known as the bullet train, would also clear up the state’s crowded highways and of course protect the environment and…
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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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