Even with the sturm and drang involved in getting high-speed rail from Anaheim to San Francisco, the line's extensions advance--a press release from today announces a request for planning funds on the connections into the capitol city and the state's second largest city. The rail authority submitted three grant applications to the feds for about $17 million to help move forward with environmental studies and preliminary engineering that need to be done before construction can begin. According to the HSRA website, a one-way ride from LA to Sacramento would take 2 hours, 17 minutes, and cost $53; LA to SD=1 hour, 18 minutes and $30. Today, the president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council wrote in the Capitol Weekly that the governor and the Senate Transportation Committee were hindering the entire project by not allowing the high-speed rail authority to hire enough staff.
· High-Speed Rail Authority Seeks New Funds [PR Newswire]
· Senate Transportation Committee Off-Track [Capitol Weekly]
· Latest High-Speed Rail Routes Through LA [Curbed LA]