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Ruling sparks hope for high-speed-rail critics

Original post made on Aug 30, 2013

A fresh verdict from a Sacramento County judge threatens the one source of money that high-speed-rail officials felt was a sure thing — the $9 billion in state funds that state voters approved for the $68 billion project in November 2008, when the price tag of the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles system was pegged at $45 billion.

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Posted by peninsula resident
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Aug 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Wow, HSR may actually have to abide to the requirements in prop 1a.

finally, a rational voice.

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Posted by keithkw
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Do not hold your breath. I suspect tehjudge will be reluctant to confront the legislature directly. And our legislature wants to spend the money for union construction, even if the project is never finished and is a complete waste.

I am hoping, but not optimistic.


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Posted by joe
a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm

HSR under construction is also funding hundreds of millions of work for Caltrain electrification. Interesting that electrification is seen as great waste for Menlo Park.

PROP1A Funds require matching funds and so do Fed Funds that expire in 2017. The plan is to spend the Fed funds first and then Prop1a Matching to electrify Caltrain.

Basically it's a sure thing that Caltrain electrification will be canceled with HSR unless someone has a plan for raising hundreds of millions of dollars for the project.

Don't worry, people can still drive to work thanks to the expansion on 101. Also kudos tp MP for allowing the El Camino Real Development and permitting those new homes.

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Posted by Old MP
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 6, 2013 at 4:51 pm

@ joe: there was a previous court ruling that determined that the HSR funds could not be used to pay for CalTrain projects such as electrification. So no need for the rant and guilt trip.

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