Category Archives: High Speed Rail (HSR)

California’s boondoggles threaten property owners and taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | One would hope that with the profound foolishness associated with California’s infamous High Speed Rail (HSR) project that our elected leadership would have learned a thing or two. But this is California. Because we do things … Continue reading

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The federal government is right to audit California’s bullet train project

By Jon Coupal | Last week, the federal government announced that it would audit California’s high-speed rail project. This is welcome news for those who have believed from the very inception of the project that it was doomed to failure. … Continue reading

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Gas-tax repeal gets closer to vote as ‘bullet’ train spotlights state’s misplaced priorities

By Steven Greenhut | Almost everyone agrees that California’s infrastructure is shockingly decrepit, yet public anger over a 12-cent-a-gallon gas tax to address that problem has not subsided. Although an effort by GOP gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen to repeal the … Continue reading

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High speed rail is the best reason to repeal the gas and car tax hike

By Jon Coupal | Would you trust a surgeon who has a history of amputating the wrong limb? Of course not. For the same reason, California taxpayers should not trust our state politicians with more transportation dollars. Let’s get one … Continue reading

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California, a state of unintended consequences

By Jon Coupal | California is notorious for enacting laws that result in outcomes precisely opposite of what the law was designed to address. Think of trying to cure obesity by prescribing donuts. Let’s start with high-speed rail. One of … Continue reading

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Senate hearings reveal the weak case for high-speed rail

By Marc Joffe | I testified for the first time before a state legislative committee on Tuesday. My main takeaways: The argument in favor of High-Speed Rail is catastrophically weak, and parking near the State Capitol is awful. My testimony … Continue reading

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Could the high speed rail court ruling imperil the water bond?

By Jon Coupal | Proposition 1, the $7 billion water bond, has broad support from both Democrats and Republicans. Unlike the previous version of the bond – which had an $11 billion cost – the updated version has less pork and … Continue reading

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California’s High-Speed Rail project — a bait ‘n’ switch tale

By Jack Dean | In this short video interview, demographer Wendell Cox describes how California lawmakers have fooled the public on the costs and capabilities of their High Speed Rail (HSR) project. As a native of Massachusetts, I followed the … Continue reading

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