Support Prop 6 – Repeal the Gas Tax

Morris Brown
Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail Project

Joe Matthews recently wrote: “Because the gas tax is a small tax increase that does very little. Almost everything said by both sides of the debate is an exaggeration.” A tax yielding over $5 billion every year is not a “small tax increase”.  Apparently a whole lot of California voters don’t think this is a trivial […]

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Will the State Legislature Over-Turn Governor Brown’s Veto of a High Speed Rail Related Bill?

Morris Brown
Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail Project

Governor Brown has just vetoed AB-2037 a bill sponsored by State Assemblyman Jim Frazier. The Governor appoints 5 of the 9 voting members of the HSR Board (plus 2 ex-officio – non-voting members). This bill would have simply have made any of the Governor’s appointees subject to approval by the State Senate. The Governor’s veto message is disingenuous to […]

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Will the legislature finally stop funding High Speed Rail?

Morris Brown
Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail Project

The State budget is being drafted and we will soon know whether the Legislature will continue to fund the High Speed Rail boondoggle. We now know about the huge drop in support of the project to where now only 31% of registered voters want the project to continue. The latest poll reported in the LA Times […]

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The High Speed Rail 2018 Business Plan – A Classic Model Of Deception

Morris Brown
Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail Project

The California High Speed Rail Authority has released its 2018 Business Plan.  It portends to finally reveal the true cost for construction of Phase I of the project.  The new cost estimate is at a base of $77.3 billion to a possible $98.1 billion dollars.  Completion of Phase I is now projected for year 2032. […]

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Caltrain Needs a State Audit

Morris Brown
Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail Project

The State Legislature recently approved on a bipartisan basis, an Audit of the High Speed Rail Authority. The Legislature also needs to authorize an audit of Caltrain, the Bay Area commuter line. Caltrain is exhibiting extreme incompetence and has wasted millions of dollars of public funds. If ever a public agency needs to face an […]

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The Failed Promise of High Speed Rail

Morris Brown
Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail Project

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!“ should be the cry from the voters of California when thinking about the High Speed Rail project. In 2008, now 10 years ago, voters passed the 10 billion dollar Prop 1A bond measure to fund a High Speed Rail project that would, in […]

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High Speed Rail Audit is Limited

Morris Brown
Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail Project

The California State Joint Legislative Audit Committee did indeed approve an audit of the High Speed Rail project. But we now learn results from this audit will be severely handicapped by the scope of the audit that was passed. The Democrat dominated committee, with the effort by Senator Jim Beall (D), did join with Rep […]

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Finally Getting to the Truth about High Speed Rail

Morris Brown
Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail Project

The presentation by Roy Hill at the last Authority board meeting finally revealed a major cost increase in the Central Valley section of the High Speed Rail project ($2.8 billion or 35% increase). This is hardly news to many of us who have been following the project. Indeed, leaked reports of escalating costs (and other […]

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Caltrain Electrification is an Expensive Disaster

Morris Brown
Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail Project

The Bay Area Commuter line, Caltrain, with a refusal by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to give her signature to its grant application, has been denied a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) $647 million full funding grant agreement (FFGA). The FTA Grant was to partially fund a $2 billon project to electrify Caltrain’s tracks with the objective […]

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Caltrain and High Speed Rail and FTA funding – Revolving Door Shenanigans

Morris Brown
Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail Project

A brewing scandal involving Federal Funding for the Bay Area Commuter line, Caltrain, has emerged.  Caltrain has been seeking funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for its “modernization program”.  Caltrain has been seeking approval for a FTA Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) in the amount of $647 million. Caltrain was pushing very hard to […]

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