Tag: Merced

Alignment Approval for Initial Construction Delayed

The High-Speed Rail Authority’s (the “Authority”) monthly Board of Directors meeting in Sacramento is scheduled for tomorrow, June 6, 2013.  Many supporters and opponents of the High-Speed Rail Project (the “Project”) have been waiting anxiously for this meeting because the previously released agenda indicated that the Board would approve a rail alignment between Fresno and … Continue Reading

High Speed Rail Authority Ready for Construction after Settling Environmental Lawsuits

On the eve of target date to commence construction, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (the “Authority”) managed to settle the remaining environmental lawsuit that jeopardized the construction of the initial segment of the High-Speed Rail project.  On April 18, 2013, the Madera County Farm Bureau, Merced County Farm Bureau, Chowchilla Water District, Preserve Our Heritage, … Continue Reading

Valley Land Owner’s Bid to Derail High Speed Rail Is Denied

In the continuing legal battle between Central Valley agricultural interests and California’s high-speed rail (“HSR”) project, plaintiffs in three separate lawsuits in Sacramento County Superior Court requested a preliminary injunction to stop all work associated with the initial segment of the HSR between Merced and Fresno until a ruling on the lawsuits’ merits.  On November … Continue Reading

Kings County Sues To Derail California’s High-Speed Rail Project

            Unlike most of California’s Central Valley counties, such as Merced and Fresno, which have consistently supported the High Speed Rail (“HSR”) project, Kings County has been openly opposed to the plan to construct a high speed rail through its fertile farmland.  That opposition reached a flashpoint yesterday as Kings County, and two Kings County … Continue Reading

High Speed Rail: Is It Harder to Stop a Moving Train?

In the face of growing opposition and concern over soaring costs, the California High Speed Rail Authority Board (“Authority”) is betting that the answer to this question will be “yes.”  The Authority met yesterday for its August board meeting and focused on laying more groundwork for the “Initial Construction Segment” or “ICS” in the San … Continue Reading

California High Speed Rail Secures Another Infusion of Federal Funding

The California High Speed Rail Authority (“Authority”) announced yesterday that it has received $300 million in additional funding from the federal government.  The money has been reallocated from the $2 billion that was set aside for the Florida high speed rail project, which was rejected by their governor earlier this year.  In addition to the … Continue Reading

High-Speed Rail Authority Applies for Additional Federal Funds to Extend Starter Segment in Central Valley

Late last week, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (“Authority”) approved the submission of an additional funding application to the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) that would, if approved, extend the “starter” segment of the High-Speed Rail Project (“HSR”) north to Merced and south to downtown Bakersfield, making the segment fully operational after construction.  The first segment … Continue Reading
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