2.1 Major Reports - 2020 Plan

In early 2020 the California high Speed Rail Authority published their 2020 Business Plan. 

The Authority’s board had planned to routinely approve the Business Plan at a meeting in the early Spring and submit it to the Legislature as it has done every two years over the last decade.  Included in the Plan was the intent to issue long term contracts for the development and operation of the Merced to Bakersfield segment.

As part of the Plan review, Comments were accepted from the public.  Two of the Comments are included, below.

  • The City of Atherton submitted a broad range analysis of the consequences of the Plan including - the inability to meet the Travel Time requirements of Prop 1A; the inability to avoid the need for an operating subsidy, which is prohibited by Prop 1A; the continuing construction cost over-runs on each segment; the lack of a long term source of funding; and no proof that the GHG reductions that were promised will, in fact, ever materialize.
  • Mr. Warren and Mr. Grindley submitted a comment that focused on the non-competitive nature of the HSR system, as compared to the use of autos, between the Bakersfield – Fresno area and the San Jose – San Francisco area, if the HSR segment through the Pacheco Pass is never completed. There is currently no funding for this segment.

Before the Business Plan could be approved, the California State Assembly approved a resolution that asked the Authority to not issue any contracts and to review the current strategy of spending the remaining funds on the Merced to Bakersfield segment.

That review is currently under way, as construction continues using the Cap and Trade funds, at the disposal of the Authority. 

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