California High Speed Rail Posts Summer Update Video

The California High Speed Rail Authority used to post videos every month or two summarizing their construction progress. Unfortunately, that ended around October of last year. Now they’re back with a new video highlighting what has been going on. At under four minutes, it’s a good watch.

While they’ve been stingy with their videos, they have continuously updated their Flickr account. Usually new photos go up every 3-5 weeks.

Here are some of my recent favorites. I especially like the ones from angles I cannot get myself.

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I’m hoping that in 2019, we see these various construction sites linked up with rails and walls. I think that once that happens, the project will really seem to be real, even though we know train service is still far away.

Additionally, one other major piece of infrastructure was recently “finished,” and that’s the train station in San Francisco.Or at least the box where it goes. Streetsblog has a tour here.

Of course, I wish this all was moving faster. But it’s still nice to see that it is moving at all.

5 Replies to “California High Speed Rail Posts Summer Update Video”

  1. LOLOL. Daaamn J, pretty short article. For a pretty short topic. They need to HURRY THE FUCK UP with that project. Smh.

  2. My question is how could the project move more quickly? More funding? Employ more people to work on the project? Are there legislative solutions, simplifying any hurdles? It would be nice if after the 2018 elections, the change in leadership in Sacramento produces a rethinking of the project that may improve it. I’m particularly jealous of Los Angeles, where new revenue streams have allowed for transit projects there to be sped up.

    1. From what I have heard, a lot of the problems are at the top of the agency. It is all very political, so people are scared to make decisions quickly. The biggest delay came from land acquisition. The negotiations were too feeble. There were some landowners who were never going to sell without a court order, but the agency didnt want to go to court because it looked bad, so they stretched out the negotiations hoping for a compromise that would never come.

      Then theres the issue of knowledge. In countries like China and Spain, they know how to build HSR so the process runs well. Here, it’s all new to them, even though it shoudlnt be. When a new road is built, everybody, from the politicians to the engineers to the finance guys to the company bidding to the subcontractor all know what their role is and what they have to do, there are no surprises.

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