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California’s High-Speed Rail Failure Shows The Insanity Of Green New Deal

February 13, 2019 by

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By David Ditch ~ Even California can’t apparently support high-speed rail. Just a few hundred miles of high-speed rail in California was well on its way to exceeding $100 billion in costs by the time of completion. As a result, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that the state will be massively shrinking the project. “Let’s […]

Press Fails To Disclose 70 Percent California Bullet-Train Cost Overrun

March 10, 2018 by

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By Tom Blumer ~ Friday, California’s High-Speed Rail Authority published its draft 2018 Business Plan. Its 800-mile bullet-train project’s estimated cost is now $77.3 billion, up from $64 billion two years ago, and its final completion has been pushed out another four years to 2033. The current estimate is now more than 70 percent above the $45 […]

NY Times’ Ignorant Optimism On $64B California High-Speed Rail Program, Derailed By Reality

March 7, 2017 by

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By Clay Waters ~ Thomas Fuller’s New York Times piece pushed for a public works program in La La Land that comes with a big promise and a $64 billion price tag: A high-speed railway that will one day, theoretically, connect San Francisco and Los Angeles in less time than in takes to watch The Dark […]

AP Claims California’s $68 Billion High-Speed Rail Got ‘Overwhelming’ Voter Approval (Of 52.7%), Would ‘Span the State’

October 21, 2013 by

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By Tom Blumer ~ In a Sunday morning report which tries to put the best possible face on a project which appears to be on track to make the $22 billion “Big Dig” in Massachusetts look like a petty cash disbursement, Juliet Williams at the Associated Press claimed that the $68 billion involved thus far […]

Australian Election Campaign – Another Election, Another Fast Rail Promise

August 27, 2013 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~ The Australian Labor Government likes promising fast rail projects it never delivers. 2007: FEDERAL Labor leader Kevin Rudd has unveiled his vision for Sydney, promising a massive cash injection for the Penrith fast rail link and the M7 to F3 motorway and a new national infrastructure fund for the city. 2010: […]

Shh! Obama Administration Puts Brakes On XpressWest High-Speed Rail Project

July 12, 2013 by

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By Emily Goff ~ Let’s call it former Transportation Secretary Ray H. LaHood’s eleventh-hour pardon of federal and California taxpayers. Once positioned by the Obama Administration as its transportation pièce de résistance, the XpressWest high-speed rail (HSR) line from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, has been derailed. Today, Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL) and Representative […]

Ryan House Budget Would End Spending On High Speed Rail

March 19, 2013 by

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By Emily Goff ~ Federal funding for high-speed rail would end under the House fiscal year 2014 budget introduced by Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI). Costly high-speed rail and other intercity rail projects are not federal priorities, especially in this era of trillion-dollar budget deficits. They should not be exempt from budget cuts. As […]

Sessions And Ryan To LaHood: Halt The High-Speed Train To Vegas

March 9, 2013 by

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By Emily Goff ~ Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R–AL) and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) sent a letter yesterday to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, urging the Department of Transportation to reject a $5.5 billion gamble on high-speed rail. The train, called XpressWest, would run from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, […]

XpressWest High-Speed Rail Project: Speeding Toward a Taxpayer Bailout

August 23, 2012 by

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By Emily Goff and Michael Sandoval ~ Outdated forecast data containing rosy economic assumptions and signaling potential cost overruns plagues the planned $6.9 billion XpressWest high-speed rail project connecting Victorville, CA, to Las Vegas, NV, according to a new Reason Foundation report. If it fails, the seriously flawed plan could put taxpayers on the hook […]

Falsehoods Abound in Case of California High-Speed Rail

January 11, 2012 by

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By Emily Goff Last week, the independent California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group recommended that the state legislature not proceed with funding the proposed Los Angeles–San Francisco project. Its argument was grounded in concerns about “the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s plan to start construction without any assurance of future funding from the federal government,” according […]

$20 Million, Just For The Study Into A Greens Pie In The Sky

August 5, 2011 by

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By Andrew Bolt Why is the Gillard Government wasting $20 million on a study into something so obviously unfeasible? JULIA Gillard yesterday warned that a proposed high-speed rail line along the nation’s eastern seaboard would be expensive and take many years to finance and build. The Prime Minister yesterday welcomed the release of a $20 […]

NBC Wonders: Can America ‘Afford Not to’ Spend Billions on High-Speed Rail?

July 2, 2011 by

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By Kyle Drennen On Thursday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams praised China’s high-speed rail system and lamented that United States had not done the same: “China is rocketing ahead of the U.S. with high-speed rail. And it has a lot of people wondering how long we can keep chugging along the same old track.” […]

Obama’s High-Speed Spending on Slow-Speed Rail

May 13, 2011 by

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By Mike Brownfield Want a fast way to blow some taxpayer dollars? Buy a ticket on President Barack Obama’s high-speed spending trains. High-speed rail is one of the president’s pie-in-the-sky green energy dreams, which would do little to relieve Americans who are suffering the effects of high gasoline prices. The president reaffirmed his commitment to […]

Who’s Policing Amtrak Joe Biden’s Rail Boondoggles?

February 10, 2011 by

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By Michelle Malkin At Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station on Tuesday, lifelong government rail promoter Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a $53 billion high-speed train initiative and half-joked: “I’m like the ombudsman for Amtrak.” As with most gaffetastic Biden-isms, the remark should prompt more heartburn than hilarity. Just who exactly is looking out for taxpayers when […]

The Obama Stimulus Super Train to Nowhere

December 12, 2010 by

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By Conn Carroll Before you read this Post, please, oh please take the link to this short video. Obama replaces costly high speed rail plan with high speed bus plan This explains a possible replacement for this high speed rail link…..TonyfromOz. Yesterday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood rescinded nearly $1.2 billion in stimulus funds from Wisconsin […]