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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

One problem was the agency's decision to issue construction contracts with only 15% of the rail design completed, a so-called design-build approach. With only preliminary designs of highway bridges, rail structures and utility relocations, it was difficult to know how much land would be needed and the degree to which farms would be hit. In fact, the rail authority has had to go back to landowners hundreds of times for additional land or to discuss unforeseen effects on farms. In Diepersloot's case, the authority is building two perpendicular highway bridges to go over its rails along his property. That has created a 70-acre triangle that is inaccessible. And it had to pay in perpetuity a walnut farmer next door to allow Diepersloot to use his private farm road for access. "I don't dislike trains," he said. "I use them. But this one is a boondoggle."

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Remember when Liberals complained people would lose land on the border for a Wall? This is way worse....

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FTA - Some of these direct costs could have been avoided if the rail planners had paid closer attention a decade ago to what lay in the path of the planned rail route. A multimillion-dollar rendering plant is being rebuilt in Kings County. A possible redesign to avoid an oil terminal in Kern County could cause a $19-million delay. A cold packing house had to be relocated in Fresno. And other examples abound in just the first 119 miles of the route.

"They shouldn't have run this through the breadbasket of the state," Wasser said, echoing a sentiment of the rail system's critics that the state should have aligned the route adjacent to Interstate 5 and not through the nation's richest agricultural belt. California farmers grow more than half of the fresh peaches and almost all of the canned peaches that Americans eat.

Like most governmental agencies; their failure to plan, is planning to fail, only its on your dime, and farmers backs.

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-06-11 11:44 AM | Reply

Californians will be driving past the decaying ruins of Jerry's Moondoggle for decades.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-06-11 11:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Good. Its about time we reap some benefit from all that stolen land and ecological disaster. Central Valley farmers and farmers all across this nation have abused We the People for too long.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-06-11 01:05 PM | Reply

So will the wall, are you going to complain about that too?

#4 | Posted by qcp at 2019-06-11 01:20 PM | Reply

It's called imminent domain. it happens all over the country, every day.

but, i'm sure you know that already. that's why everyone comes to you with the difficult problems.

#5 | Posted by kudzu at 2019-06-11 01:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Californians will be driving past the decaying ruins of Jerry's Moondoggle for decades.
#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-06-11 11:57 AM | Reply | Flag:

So will the wall, are you going to complain about that too?
#4 | Posted by qcp at 2019-06-11 01:20 PM

I don't think that the wall will drive. If it does, I will complain.

#6 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-06-11 01:44 PM | Reply

It's called imminent domain. it happens all over the country, every day.

#5 | Posted by kudzu

For something that will never be completed?

#7 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-06-11 01:57 PM | Reply

"For something that will never be completed?
#7 | POSTED BY SNIPER "

This was entirely foreseeable. The problem was that the rail proponents had to lie about cost and schedules to get voter approval - but then were stupid enough to tie government grants to this unrealistic schedule. So, this forced building out of order to maintain the grant money - now, the Fed is rightfully clawing back the money that never should have been paid out based on what had been actually built. One more giant Obama screw up. In point in fact, I voted for high speed rail in CA (well, the initial bond). But, this thing should have been killed a long time ago if we used real feasibility studies and it could have saved billions of dollars. Brown + Obama was a very bad combination when it comes to assessing projects.

#8 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-06-12 07:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Classic, bitch and moan, impede at every turn, fight, fight, fight it, then when it doesn't work out perfectly, bitch.

#9 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-06-12 10:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Meanwhile:


China's new high-speed train will 'float' over tracks to hit 370 miles an hour

A sleek prototype of a high-speed train unveiled recently in China is designed to carry passengers at a speed of 600 kilometers per hour, or 370 mph. That's more than 150 mph faster than the world's fastest passenger trains now in regular intercity service, which touch 217 mph on runs between Beijing and Shanghai.

The new train, under development by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRCC), is designed not to run on rails but to float above the track using a technology known as magnetic levitation, or maglev.

www.nbcnews.com

#10 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-06-12 10:43 AM | Reply

Classic, bitch and moan, impede at every turn, fight, fight, fight it, then when it doesn't work out perfectly, bitch.

#9 | POSTED BY TFDNIHILIST

Jeopardy Q: What is "Republicans on Obamacare".

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-06-12 01:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Answer: indianajones

#12 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-06-12 02:52 PM | Reply

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