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Old Posted Jul 28, 2020, 4:32 AM
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I'm still worried about how they are going to get through the Pacheco pass.

Are there land tunnels that long in other parts of the world like Switzerland?
Switzerland has some really long tunnels. They just recently completed the Gotthard Base Tunnel in late 2016. With a route length of 57.09 km (35.5 mi), it is the world's longest railway and deepest traffic tunnel and the first flat, low-level route through the Alps. The main purpose of the Gotthard Base Tunnel is to increase local transport capacity through the Alpine barrier, especially for freight, notably on the Rotterdam–Basel–Genoa corridor, and more specifically to shift freight volumes from trucks to freight trains. And also, by the way, express passenger trains by cutting one hour of existing travel time.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotthard_Base_Tunnel

What makes the CHSR different is who will be able to use the new tunnels. You will not see freight trains using them in California if they choose to run light weight HSR trainsets.
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2020, 12:56 PM
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^ for reference the pacheco tunnel is to be 13 miles (21 km), with another smaller tunnel 1.5-mile (2.4 km).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacheco_Pass_Tunnels
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^ Interesting.

I did not know the history behind this.
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Brightline Bets on High-Speed Rail From LA to Vegas

Brightline Bets on High-Speed Rail From LA to Vegas


By Howard Fine
Monday, August 24, 2020
Los Angeles Business Journal


"Plans for a $5 billion high-speed rail line to connect Southern California to downtown Las Vegas have taken several steps forward in recent weeks.

Miami-based Brightline Trains earlier this month received $200 million in private activity bonds from the Nevada State Board of Finance to help fund its planned 170-mile high-speed rail line between downtown Las Vegas and Victorville, which has a target completion date of 2023.

That follows a $600 million bond award from California announced in April..."

https://labusinessjournal.com/news/2...rail-la-vegas/
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Brightline Bets on High-Speed Rail From LA to Vegas


By Howard Fine
Monday, August 24, 2020
Los Angeles Business Journal


"Plans for a $5 billion high-speed rail line to connect Southern California to downtown Las Vegas have taken several steps forward in recent weeks.

Miami-based Brightline Trains earlier this month received $200 million in private activity bonds from the Nevada State Board of Finance to help fund its planned 170-mile high-speed rail line between downtown Las Vegas and Victorville, which has a target completion date of 2023.

That follows a $600 million bond award from California announced in April..."

https://labusinessjournal.com/news/2...rail-la-vegas/
Please used a different thread. Not on California high-speed rail. There is existing thread.

http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...198371&page=82
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California High-Speed Rail Advances

https://sf.streetsblog.org/2020/09/2...rail-advances/

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- Everybody wants to get back to ‘normal’ after the COVID pandemic passes, right? But as Andy Kunz, President and CEO of the US High-speed Rail Association, pointed out during a Friday webinar on the future of transportation, ‘normal’ sucked. Did we forget, he asked, how a few months ago everyone was stewing almost daily in mind-numbing traffic and rotting in long airport lines? “Do we really want to return to the ‘normals’ of climate change, high cost, and low mobility?” --- His organization wants a 1950’s-style Federal Highway Act, just like the one that built the interstate highway system, only this time dedicated to building a nationwide network of clean, electric, high-speed rail tracks. “We envision a 17,000-mile network with state-of-the-art trains that travel faster than 200 mph.” And thanks to decades of political sparring against entrenched highway and petroleum interests, the keystone of that vision is finally underway. 118 miles are under construction in the Central Valley right now,” said Brian Kelly, CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

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Old Posted Sep 30, 2020, 2:28 AM
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"Q. The California High-Speed Rail Authority was established 23 years ago.
During that time China has built 16,000 miles of high-speed rail. We are still working on the first 119 miles. What are we doing wrong?"
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/u...peed-rail.html
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Here is a video flyover of the current preferred alternative for the route between Palmdale and Burbank.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...v=UaMYg5Ja5Wo#
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Old Posted Nov 27, 2020, 8:48 PM
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This was posted on the US highspeed thread https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threa...post-170731861, but John at The Four Foot has a really nice 4-part work in progress update of the ROW with drone footage, google maps and construction on the ground from South to North, so starting with


CP 4:
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CP 3:
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CP 2:
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and a lot of good stuff in the final segment
CP 1:
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Again, THANK YOU John at The Four Foot

Last edited by curt-pdx; Dec 5, 2020 at 8:21 PM. Reason: adding final CP1 video
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Yeah those are great. He still has one more to go though.
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All,

You can sign the petition. This is for high-speed rail all over America.

https://www.hsrail.org/2020-federal-...nPNNtKh5DYPscU
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California HSR is Peachy
The state's rail modernization project is looking up thanks to Georgia's election results


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California’s high-speed rail project is now poised to receive some $20 billion in federal funding, thanks to yesterday’s two senate seat runoff elections in Georgia. “I think this will be great news for CAHSR,” said Andy Kunz, President & CEO of the US HSR association. He added that between Joe Biden’s support for rail and the expected stimulus bill that will come out of the White House, coupled with a Democrat-controlled legislature, California’s rail project in particular stands to gain.

California has an enormous advantage in the competition for stimulus funds because it’s not just “shovel ready”–it’s under construction. “With federal support for economic recovery, the California High-Speed Rail Authority stands ready to put dollars to work,” wrote the authority’s Michele Boudreau, in an email to Streetsblog. “We’re well underway on the biggest and greenest infrastructure project in the nation. We stand ready to create more jobs and boost more small businesses both across the state and across the country.”
https://sf.streetsblog.org/2021/01/0...s-look-peachy/

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Old Posted Jan 7, 2021, 8:13 PM
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About 2 years ago I posted on this thread that Newsom's "cancel" was a political save-face stunt and CAHSR would get back to business when Trump was booted. Somehow events in Georgia now mean Amtrak Joe will take the helm with control of both houses plus a VP from California. So it's pretty unlikely that CAHSR won't get a major infusion of federal support in 2021.
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Tremendous news! I hope this speeds things up and we get the rail that we need
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Tremendous news! I hope this speeds things up and we get the rail that we need
I'm agree with you. They will speeds it up and step forward. Get it done! ASAP!
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^Been right there with you all along jmeck...
Also, Elaine Chow is gone, who was responsible for that stunt back in 2017 that needlessly delayed funding to the Caltrains electrification.

We won't see any of those sorts of obstructionist games for at least two years and possibly four.

I do believe that Republicans stand a chance of winning back the House in 2022 and it's a coin flip with the Senate.
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