The Register didn’t go very far out on a limb this morning when its lead editorial came out against the Bullet Train (outside paywall here: This train should not leave the station yet) considering the nearly universal opposition to it that’s growing throughout California. A judge has not quite declared the project illegal due to its inability to be lawfully funded, and we’re still awaiting his decision on the more basic issue — is CAHSR’s current “blended” plan equivalent to what voters expected from Proposition 1A, that is, a non-stop 220mph train between Los Angeles and San Francisco with a 160 minute or less ride for under $100? Continue reading
We’re reprinting the standard OCTA Press Release below that announces Darrell Johnson as Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority. It’s nothing that wasn’t already reported here, but good news in that his predecessor, the feckless Will Kempton, is finally gone. The Orange County ruling class (that’s likely never ridden a bus), led by the self-anointed OC Business Council, hosted a roast honoring his departure Thursday last.
So congratulations, Darrell — you’ve paid your dues and ascended to a well paying public sector job that’s going to be tough to lose.
“Anaheim city officials are weighing whether to release a politically explosive email that raises troubling questions about whether local officials knowingly misrepresented facts to the federal government in order to obtain transportation grant funding,” according to the Voice of OC.
The Voice of OC also reported that “City Hall sources who have seen the email, including Mayor Tom Tait, say that on its face the correspondence shows that Natalie Meeks, the city’s public works director, and Darrell Johnson, deputy CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority, may have colluded to misrepresent information on an application for Federal Transit Authority funds for the $319-million streetcar project that would connect Disneyland to the city’s planned public transit depot.” Continue reading
One of the country’s smartest and most honest analysts on transit and light rail is Randal O’Toole. Mr. O’Toole’s been associated with the Cato Institute for almost 20 years and per his Wikipedia bio focuses “on private land rights, particularly against public land use regulations and light rail.” His research and writing illustrates the folly and terribly bad decision that the OCTA and city of Anaheim have made in approving a $319 million streetcar system to connect their Convention Center, a station near (but not at or in) Disneyland to the new $184 million ARTIC train station — totally, a $503 million unjustifiable RISK to connect Disney patrons and conventioneers to the California High-Speed Rail system that’s simply not coming to Anaheim. Continue reading