California high-speed rail

Hyperloop One May Have Just Killed California’s High-Speed Rail

Hyperloop One may have just killed California’s high-speed rail project, after the company’s 28-foot long aluminum and carbon-fiber production-scale pod hit its first milestone by traveling down a 1,640-foot near-zero-resistance vacuum tube test-track at a speed of 70 miles-per-hour.

Hyperloop (Courtesy of Hyperloop One)

Trump Trying to Dump Amtrak’s $298 Subsidy for Long-Haul Trips

The Trump administration plans to dump about half of Amtrak’s $1.4 billion annual taxpayer subsidy by ending long-haul passenger services that cost taxpayers about $298 per round-trip and whose on-time performance is as low as 6 percent.

Amtrak (Alex Wong / Getty)

Cal High-Speed Rail Wins Dubious ‘Golden Fleece’ Award

The California High-Speed Rail Authority won the Independent Institute’s first California Golden Fleece Award for its lack of transparency and a history of misleading the public about the merits of a “bullet train” that no longer reflects what voters approved in 2008.

Lego Caltrain (Bill Ward / Flickr / CC)

High-Speed Rail Clears Legal Hurdle — For Now

The California High-Speed Rail Authority cleared a legal challenge last week when a Sacramento judge ruled the authority does not have to validate required travel time between LA and San Francisco during the planning stages.

High-speed rail (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

High-Speed Rail Will Start in Bay Area, Not L.A.

Northern California won and Southern California lost, as the California High-Speed Rail Authority has decided that the first leg of the bullet train will be built between Bakersfield and San Jose.

Brown at High-Speed Rail Groundbreaking (AP)