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California high-speed rail's race-based contracting scheme is off track

August 13, 2012 | By RALPH KASARDA

On August 2, 2012, I attended the monthly public board meeting of the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to comment on CHSRA’s new race-based contracting goal.  For anyone who has not attended one of these meetings, they appear to have evolved into an assembly of the mutual admiration society where supporters of high-speed rail a ...

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Feds notified of California High Speed Rail's disdain for federal law

August 27, 2012 | By RALPH KASARDA

Attorneys for the Pacific Legal Foundation notified the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that actions by the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) do not comply with federal law.  PLF’s letter to FRA, dated August 24, 2012, informs the federal agency that CHSRA’s recent adoption of a 10% goal for the participation of Di ...

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California high speed rail collides with the Constitution

April 12, 2013 | By RALPH KASARDA

Will discriminatory contract requirements derail the California high speed rail?  In June, the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is expected to award its first ever contract for the design and construction of a segment of California’s high speed rail line.  The contract will cover portions of Madera and Fresno counties.  Unfort ...

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High speed rail, meet hyperloop. You two will get along great.

August 19, 2013 | By TONY FRANCOIS

California has renounced its glory days of the Hollywood Golden Age, world class education, and earthchanging infrastructure development for Reality TV, a public university system that costs $32,000 annually to attend, and roads that are so poorly maintained they cost us hundreds of dollars a year to drive on them. Today’s post combines two ...