State seeks firms to scout Fresno-Bakersfield high-speed rail route

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is looking for firms to handle engineering and surveying for its prospective route south of Fresno, even as a lawsuit threatens to derail plans to start construction this summer between Fresno and Madera.

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High Speed Rail, Infrastructure and Job Creation

In our present world of religiously held economic beliefs, agnosticism might be prudent.  On the one side, advocates just want to cut taxes and reduce spending; on the other we have seen a stimulus package of dole-outs and “shovel-ready” projects that has done little to move the unemployment rate.  It remains stubbornly high.

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Bumpy Path Ahead For High-Speed Rail

WASHINGTON — California's high-speed rail plan is heading for some "Perils of Pauline" moments on Capitol Hill. Reinforcing past resistance, a GOP-controlled House panel this week put two more obstacles in the way of the state's ambitious rail plan. For political and budgetary reasons, the latest proposed impediments may fade away in time.

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