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CA HSR Takes Another Step Forward

March 30, 2016

Progress continues on the nation’s first high-speed line.

Earlier this month, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled that opponents of the project offered no evidence that the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) would not comply with restrictions voters imposed on the project. CHSRA chairman Dan Richard stated that the “ruling confirms that we are indeed delivering fast, modern and environmentally friendly high-speed rail system that meets the voter approved requirements under Proposition 1a”

Last week, a proposed ballot initiative to divert high speed rail funds to water projects was pulled. The campaign, led by former California State Senate minority leader Bob Huff and GOP Board of Equalization member George Runner, was halted due to the rising costs of gathering signatures and recent polls showing support for high speed rail is still strong.
A new poll, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, showed that over 50 percent of adults support the project. A third of adults also said that trains are very important to the future quality of life and economic vitality of California. This continued support is crucial, as opponents will likely continue their efforts to halt this important project.

Meanwhile, construction continues with both Lacey Boulevard and Seventh Road in Hanford being closed this week for utility work.


Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

Last Week at MHSRA:

We met with the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric (CMME) to continue developing our strategy towards making CrossRail Chicago a high priority project.

Articles We Enjoyed:

In Dry California, Dams or High-Speed Rail is a False Choice
Water is not simple, and neither are the needs of a rapidly growing state. McCarthy’s simplistic, billboard-inspired campaign falls seriously short of a roadmap for the future of the complex, embattled region.

The U.S. is Just Pathetic on High-Speed Rail
“There isn’t another project we could do that would have a greater impact on our oil consumption than fixing our rail system and restoring passenger service.”

Sake, Lounge on Offer as Japan Bullet Train Luxury Takes on Jets
New Japan bullet train service opened Saturday and will challenge airlines for market share.

Multiple Sites Still Being Explored for New Ann Arbor Train Station
“Sites along both Depot Street and Fuller Road remain under consideration as the city explores where to build a new Amtrak train station"

Amtrak on Track to Return to Gulf Coast
"Five weeks ago an Amtrak inspection train rolled across South Mississippi for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, and on Wednesday officials met in Biloxi to move along the dream of restoring passenger rail service across the Gulf Coast."

Gateway Tunnel Project Taking a $70M Step Forward
"The effort to build a new rail tunnel connecting New Jersey to midtown Manhattan to replace the existing, century-old one now falling apart is poised to take another step forward."

Upcoming Events:

2016 Annual Spring Meeting

When: Saturday April 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm. 
Check in will start at 8:15am.

Where: IBEW Local 134
600 W. Washington Blvd.
 Chicago, IL 60661

Cost: Single Ticket $40.00
 Student Ticket: $20.00  
*Cost includes lunch

Click Here to Register

Japan High-Speed Rail Tour

We are planning the tour for October of 2016. This trip will give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the rich history of train travel the country offers. We have created an itinerary that includes riding the world's first high-speed rail line, exploring the world's largest railroad station headhouse, experiencing how Japan deals with blended service and much more. Throughout the trip, there will be talks to explain what we are seeing and relate them to potential high speed rail development in the United States. 

Please click here if you would like to learn more about the trip

Dylan Hayward
Program Manager
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625