A High-Speed Rail Roundup

Today, The Transport Politic
continues its excellent coverage of high-speed rail proposals around
the country with a comprehensive roundup of the projects that will be
vying for federal funds in the months to come. As Yonah Freemark
writes,

3208602890_26a12d5b69.jpgPhoto by reallyboring via Flickr.

The economic stimulus bill included $8 billion for high-speed rail projects. Though Republicans continue to repeat the lie
that the funding has already been earmarked for a maglev project
between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the truth is that there are a large
number of corridors around the country that are likely to apply for
funds.

The corridors in question, which are in
various stages of planning, cover nearly every region of the country,
from Florida to the Pacific Northwest.

Elsewhere around the network: 1000 Friends of Connecticut discusses the merits of form-based zoning; Say Yes to the Honolulu Rail System uses a 15-hour crash-related freeway closure to point out how rail transit offers commuters better reliability; and Trains for America looks at the possibility of privatization (Virgin Trains, anyone?) in the American rail system.

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Notes on New High-Speed Rail Business Plan

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Extending the Caltrain electrification project from San Jose to Gilroy, finishing the 119-mile Central Valley line spine of the system for interim rail service improvements by 2022, and pushing ahead with tunnel design and engineering in the Pacheco Pass–these were just a few of the goals outlined in the California High Speed Rail Authority’s (CaHSRA) […]

SPUR Talk: High-Speed Rail on its Way to Northern California

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High-Speed Rail construction is well underway in the Central Valley, said Ben Tripousis, Northern California Regional Director for the California High Speed Rail Authority, during a forum at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association’s (SPUR) Mission Street center. “The High-Speed Rail question has shifted from ‘if’ to ‘when,'” he told the packed house at today’s […]