The Obama administration said Thursday that it is looking at projects in the Bay Area and potentially Los Angeles as a model to build and repair hundreds of billions of dollars of rail, road, bridge, port and other projects as the nation's infrastructure is crumbling but new federal funds are drying up. The idea is to use federal loans, backed by local tax revenues, to speed up huge transit and other local projects while taking advantage of bargain-basement prices in the recession-hit construction industry and creating jobs at the same time....Sen.
Marin Transit, which operates bus service within the county, will eliminate runs on several routes in order to save about $1 million annually as the agency deals with budget issues....Meanwhile, the Golden Gate Bridge District's Transportation Committee met Thursday morning to discuss bus cuts to its system. Golden Gate provides mostly commute service in Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco.
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High-speed rail leaders presented potential aerial and underground routes through San Jose to roughly 150 residents at the Gardner Community Center on March 2....The meeting was the first time high-speed rail leaders included tunnel expert Juan Duran, and he said technology exists to dig a potential station 140 feet underground at Diridon station and the planned BART station....Duran cautioned that only 2 percent of the engineering work had been done on a tunnel, and it could cost up to $3 billion....If built
When President Obama unveiled his budget allocation for high-speed rail, he said, “In France, high-speed rail has pulled regions from isolation, ignited growth [and], remade quiet towns into thriving tourist destinations.” His remarks emphasize how high-speed rail is increasing the accessibility of isolated places as an argument for similarly investments.
As the Senate finally considers long-stalled legislation this week to speed modernization of the air traffic system, the bill won't resolve one crucial question: Who pays for the technology that planes need to make it work? Airlines and private jet owners want taxpayers to fund the gear that would let them benefit from an
A planned Los Angeles subway expansion could cut traffic and greenhouse emissions and give jobs a boost, but Mayor Villaraigosa wants it now, instead of waiting 30 years. He is in Washington Thursday seeking funds to accelerate construction of the 'Subway to the Sea.'
The government is recommending a route for a new line between London and Birmingham with a future extension to northern England and Scotland. Network Rail said high-speed rail "can drive economic growth and boost jobs".
Will cutting carbon kill jobs in California? That's the premise of a November ballot initiative proposed by Republican lawmakers, whose cause got a boost this week from a report by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office that concluded the state's landmark global warming law might hurt employment. The report made headlines because it contrasts sharply with an earlier analysis by the California Air Resources Board, which concluded that the law, AB 32, would actually create 120,000 jobs by 2020.