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Sat Jul 7, 2012, 10:45 AM

California Senate approves funding for high-speed rail

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Source: CNN

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:31 AM EDT, Sat July 7, 2012

(CNN) -- California's Senate on Friday approved funding for the first chunk of a high-speed rail system that is expected to eventually link Los Angeles to San Francisco.

In a vote of 21-16, lawmakers gave the go-ahead for the issuance of $2.6 billion in bonds, while Washington will provide an additional $3.2 billion. The bill also includes close to $2 billion in funding for local projects.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/06/travel/california-high-speed-rail/index.html



This is long overdue.

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Reply California Senate approves funding for high-speed rail (Original post)
tawadi Jul 2012 OP
Crunchy Frog Jul 2012 #1
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goclark Jul 2012 #3
slackmaster Jul 2012 #4
patrice Jul 2012 #5
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Response to tawadi (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 10:57 AM

1. Socialism! Communism! Dogs and cats sleeping together!!!1!

What is the world coming to?

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Response to tawadi (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 10:59 AM

2. Yes, indeed! Though many on DU have cast asparagus on this one...

(X-posted in GD)

All Aboard!!! Next Stop, Governor Brown!

California OKs funding for high-speed rail line

JUDY LIN | July 6, 2012 07:01 PM EST | AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. California lawmakers have approved billions of dollars in construction financing for the first segment of what would be the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail line, eventually connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The state Senate voted 21-16 on a party-line vote Friday after intense lobbying by Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders and labor groups.

The bill authorizes the state to begin selling $2.6 billion in voter-approved bonds to build an initial 130-miles stretch in the Central Valley. That would allow the state to collect about $3.2 billion in federal funding that could have been rescinded if lawmakers failed to act Friday.

Critics call the bullet train a boondoggle, but supporters hailed the vote as the start of a much-needed infrastructure project. The bill also includes about $1.9 billion in funds for local rail projects.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120706/us-high-speed-rail/




Also, only minutes before the Senate vote was in:

I posted yesterday afternoon about this, and some seem to be buying the RW claim that it's a boondoggle, that only 6 people want to ride a train, yada yada yada.

It seems people of all political persuasions are utterly addicted to oil and to personal transportation modes, future generations be damned.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002910598

California high speed rail plan faces make-or-break vote

By Mary Slosson

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 6 | Sat Jul 7, 2012 12:30am IST

(Reuters) - California's high speed rail project faces a fiercely contested financing vote in the state Senate on Friday that could determine its fate following years of controversy over the high cost of the plan, now pegged at $68 billion, and concerns about its management.

The project, expected to take decades to complete, has the backing of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who says a bullet train network will boost job creation and provide an alternative to car and plane travel in the country's most populous state.

Unions have also lobbied hard for what amounts to the most ambitious public works project to date in California, which has a 10.8 percent unemployment rate.

But Republicans oppose the plan, whose estimated costs have ballooned from an initial $45 billion to over $68 billion. They predict it will be a massive financial burden for the state.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/07/06/usa-california-highspeedrail-idINL2E8I68YY20120706


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Response to tawadi (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 10:59 AM

3. Yea! I love trains!

I live in California and I love to ride trains ~

I remember my first train ride by myself ~ I went to Pittsburgh to visit my grandparents and one of the Porters was a family friend. I was Seven.

I am African American and at that time "Colored" People could not sit with the White Passengers. We had to sit in the back.

I was all dressed up in a cute little dress and yes --- Gloves!

I still traveled " First Class" because the Porters took great care of me!

They took turns bringing me special meals on a tray. My tray even had a flower on it.

When the train made stops, Mom's friend pointed out features about the countryside and the towns.

I felt like a Princess.

When the train reached Pittsburgh , my grandparents and aunts and cousins were all dressed up and there waiting for me!

I can hardly wait until I can get on that California Train!

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Response to goclark (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 11:08 AM

4. In another 10 years, you might be able to

 

From Bakersfield to Fresno or thereabouts.

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Response to tawadi (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 11:23 AM

5. Congratulations! Jealous here.

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Response to tawadi (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 11:31 AM

6. duplicate topic

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