LOS ANGELES — It was billed as the most ambitious public works project since the transcontinental railroad opened up the West.The high-speed rail network would transform California — cleaner air, less congested freeways and airports, and more limited suburban sprawl with a whole new style of housing around rail stops.“Fresno could become a bedroom community of the Silicon Valley,” the California High-Speed Rail Authority said a month before voters approved Proposition 1A in November 2008.Yet bite after bite, huge cost overruns, mismanagement, political concessions and delays ate away at the sleek and soaring vision of a bullet train linking San Francisco to San Diego. A project meant to drive home California’s role as the high-tech vanguard of the nation was looking more and more like a pepped-up Amtrak route through the Central Valley.During his first State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he was scaling back the $77 billion … [Read more...] about A messy demise for California high-speed train’s soaring ambition
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AUSTIN — Backers continue to move along on plans to build a bullet-train route between Dallas and Houston, but it’s not the only high-speed passenger rail project on Texas drawing boards.With a proposal to run between cities such as Fort Worth, Waco, Austin, San Antonio and Laredo, the project recently got a green light for new money to do further study.“We’re still an embryo,” said Kevin Feldt, a North Central Texas Council of Governments program manager overseeing the high-speed rail project regionally. “We’re still in the first week or two of pregnancy.”Nobody has begun buying right of way or buying trains, let alone figured out funding and finance — topics that can fire skepticism about passenger rail’s ability to break even or turn a profit — but there’s now an environmental impact statement, and potential investors have come calling.“Suffice it to say, there’s interest in developing (from) Fort … [Read more...] about Fort Worth/South Texas high-speed passenger-rail study picks up funding
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