Ruling against California High-Speed Rail will impact proposed Victorville-Las Vegas project.
(Most California HSR illustrations blur-out the eyesore electrical cable supports for the trains.)
Victorville - Las Vegas High-Speed
XpressWest Rail Project Jolted
By California High-Speed Rail Ruling
August 21, 2013
Court ruling on the California High-Speed Rail
has dealt a negative blow to the XpressWest proposal
The high-speed train proposal between Victorville and Las Vegas has
been dealt another crushing setback. A California Superior Court judge has clobbered the
California High-Speed Rail project with a major ruling that will significantly impact its
feasibility to be built.
A Sacramento court judge ruled that the California HSR project, that is
planning high-speed rail tracks between northern California and San Diego, failed to
meet environmental and funding requirements that were imposed by the California voters.
The ruling creates a major disruption in the project's timetable amounting to years that
the project might not be able to recover from.
Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny has scheduled a later
hearing to consider how the violations of law might be remedied. The $68-billion
pork barrel project has been plagued by delays since the California voters voted in
$9-billion for the project in 2008. The environmental reports that the judge
is demanding could take years in themselves to accomplish.
The Victorville-Las Vegas XpressWest project, that was
originally proposed to be built entirely with private funding, has been struggling
unsuccessfully to acquire massive federal funds now necessary for its construction. The
Victorville-Las Vegas project is not considered to be financially sustainable. However,
the future possibility of the line later linking-up with the California High-Speed Rail at Palmdale
does greatly add to the attractiveness for federal funding. With that
future Palmdale link now in question, the XpressWest proposal is far less attractive.
If built, a Palmdale XpressWest link connecting with the California HSR
would allow California HSR passengers, comprising of much of California, with high-speed rail access
to Las Vegas.
A portion of the XpressWest tracks would run along Interstate-15 just north
of Newberry Springs.
Related past blogs:
High-speed gamblers' train derailed again.
California's high-speed rail not up to speed.
Congressmen attempt to withdraw California HSR funds.
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