Recent Streetsblog LA posts about High Speed Rail

California Legislation Watch: Weekly Update

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For social media coverage focused on statewide issues, follow Melanie Curry @currymel on Twitter or like our Facebook page.  Here is Streetsblog’s weekly highlight of legislation and events related to sustainable transportation at the California capitol. This week, the legislature was out for Spring Recess, giving legislative staff time to prepare for the onslaught of […]

CA Sen. Steinberg Proposes New Spending Plan for Cap-and-Trade Revenue

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Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) announced a proposed plan to create a permanent spending strategy for cap-and-trade revenue [PDF] that prioritizes investments in affordable transit-oriented housing, transit expansion, and CA high-speed rail. Unlike the Governor’s plan for this year’s budget, Senate Bill 1156 also proposes investments in “complete streets” and transit operations. Calling the […]

Updated Report Shows CAHSR’s GHG Reductions Less Costly Than Thought

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UCLA’s Lewis Center revised some of the estimates in its recent report comparing the costs of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using California high-speed rail to those of bike, pedestrian, and local transit projects. The report’s authors found that high-speed rail is not as expensive as an emission reduction as they first thought. The update makes several adjustments to […]

California Legislation Watch: Weekly Update

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For social media coverage of California’s statewide transportation issues, follow Melanie @currymel on Twitter or like the Streetsblog California Facebook page. Here’s Streetsblog’s weekly highlight of legislation and events related to sustainable transportation at the California capitol. News on the implementation of S.B. 743, which removes Automobile Level of Service (LOS) from consideration as an environmental […]

Senate Committee Grills CA High-Speed Rail Authority on Its Funding Plan

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Doubts about the High Speed Rail Authority’s ability to fund its estimated $68 billion program dominated last week’s Senate Transportation and Housing Committee hearing (see the background report in this PDF). Committee Chair Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) said he was “somewhat skeptical” about the Authority’s 2014 Draft Business Plan and questioned CAHSRA CEO Jeff Morales on […]