SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Is the train coming?: an update on high-speed rail

"Last November California voters approved a $10 billion bond for high-speed rail. Since then, planning has continued for the rail alignment that connects Los Angeles with San Francisco, passing through major cities in between. Issues to be discussed include: the impact of federal funds, land use considerations for stations, tradeoffs between upgrading regional rail versus a high-speed connection to Southern California and the growing opposition along the route. With Dan Leavitt, Deputy Director of the California High Speed Rail Authority."



Battle Lines Drawn in High-Speed Rail Vote

Later this week, the plan to build a High Speed Rail line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco faces a crucial vote in the California legislature.  Governor Jerry Brown asked lawmakers to release $2.7 billion of the $6 billion in bonds passed by California voters in 2008 for High Speed Rail.  Combined with $3.3 billion […]

White House Awards $2.3B for California High-Speed Rail

California’s bid for a federal high-speed rail network with top speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour is often called the "only true" bullet train proposal on the table — and the Obama administration agreed today, bestowing $2.34 billion on the Golden State to the delight of lawmakers and rail advocates. The largest share of the […]

Talking Headways Podcast: High-Speed Rail Lessons from France and Germany

This week we’re joined by Eric Eidlin, a community planner and sustainability lead at the Federal Transit Administration. Over the last few years Eric has also been studying high-speed rail in Germany and France as a fellow with the German Marshall Fund. He recently published a report, “Making the Most of High-Speed Rail in California: Lessons from France and Germany.” Eric […]