Caltrain Electrification Project is speeding towards disaster

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

The local California Bay Area commuter train, Caltrain, has for years been planning to convert from diesel powered trains, to electrically powered train sets. Obtaining funding for the project, which has doubled in projected cost in the last 5 years, has been the major obstacle for Caltrain in achieving that goal. Now we find Caltrain […]

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Is The California High Speed Rail Authority Violating the Law?

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

At the Rail~Volution Conference held in San Francisco on Oct 12 2016, Authority Chair Dan Richard delivered a talk and made some remarks. Chair Richard clearly stated the Authority’s real mission is not High Speed Rail, but Rail Modernization. Quoting from a transcript of his remarks we read: “Well thanks.. One of my biggest frustrations is that we actually […]

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Unconstitutionally Amending High Speed Rail Bond

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

Unfortunately, Governor Jerry Brown has let his lust to continue the High Speed Rail project go completely overboard and gave his signature of approval to AB 1889. As I have previously written,  this bill erases many of the restrictions, which were included in the voter approved Prop 1A bond measure of 2008. These restrictions were included […]

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AB-1889 (Mullin) – Caltrain sponsored legislation to take funds from High Speed Rail

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

In the last hour of the Legislative session on Aug 31, final approval was given to AB-1889, which was dispatched to the Governor for his hoped for signature. Pushed though with Democratic caucus support, this bill takes $600 million in funding from the voter approved Prop 1A High Speed Rail bond act and will partially […]

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Hijacking the Prop 1A High Speed Rail Funds

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

Bill AB-1889, a “gut and amend” bill, that appeared suddenly on the scene, is being carried through the Legislature by Assembly Speaker Pro Tem, Kevin Mullin, but is sponsored by the commuter train line, Caltrain. The bill passed through the State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee (T&H) last Thursday ( 6-28-2016) on a 6 to […]

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Gov. Brown, Time to Cut the Losses on High Speed Rail

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

Governor  Brown,  it is time now to realize being remembered for High Speed Rail, will not be a venture for which you will be proud! The California High Speed Rail project is a disaster.  Far from resembling the project approved by the voters with the passage of Prop 1A in 2008, it has morphed into […]

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More Oversight, Not Less, Needed for High Speed Rail 

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

At the Thursday (4/28/2016) meeting of the High Speed Rail Authority board, at which the 2016 Business Plan was approved, Chair Dan Richard made the comment: “Both because the recommendations from the peer review group and actually with our supporting this notion of stronger or I would say more visible legislative oversight” Video link here: The […]

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High Speed Rail Around the World Requires Government Subsidies

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

A bedrock contention of the California High Speed Rail Authority states when the California system is finally up and running, the system will operate with a profit.  Indeed, the Prop 1A bond act approved by the voters in 2008, mandates the system run without any operating subsidy. The issue keeps popping up, the most recent […]

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Evolving California High Speed Rail Now Degraded To Only A Commuter Train!

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

When voters passed in the November 2008 election, Prop 1A, they approved partially funding a 800 mile High Speed Rail project, that was to run from San Francisco to San Diego. The project was to be constructed quickly and be up and running by 2020. Approved Business plans in 2012 and 2014, then projected construction […]

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California High Speed Rail 2016 Business Plan — A Huge Fraud

Morris Brown
Resident of Menlo Park and Founder of DERAIL, a grassroots effort against the California high-speed rail project

                          The California High Speed Rail Authority just released the draft 2016 Business plan for the project. The new plan is a complete revision and now proposes to build the Initial Operating Segment (IOS) from San Jose to about 8 miles north of […]

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