New Ruling Is A Blow To California High Speed Rail - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

New Ruling Is A Blow To California High Speed Rail

Posted: Updated:

A Sacramento Judge ruled Friday California's High Speed Rail Authority failed to meet key requirements, environmental testing and coming up with the money for the project.

Prop 1A was approved by voters in 2008, requires the authority to come up with the money for the  first operable section of the rail before construction starts.

"That cost 31 billion dollars and the authority only has 6.  So they only have 20%.  They're required to have the 31," said Attorney Mike Brady.  Brady is the attorney representing King County, in central California, and two farmers who are trying to stop the rail project.

In a statement to FOX 11 the Chairman of the Rail Authority, Dan Richard said "… Our work on the project continues.  We take our commitment to proposition 1A seriously and continue to work towards developing a high-speed rail project that benefits all Californians."

It isn't clear what the consequences to Friday's ruling will be.  Brady says there are several things the judge could decide to do, "do they have to go back to the drawing board, do I issue an injunction prohibiting them from starting construction? Just what?"

The hearing to discuss the consequences of the ruling will take place in Sacramento in three weeks.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Suing Obama: GOP-Led House Gives The Go-Ahead

    Suing Obama: GOP-Led House Gives The Go-Ahead

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:17:05 GMT
    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority.
    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority.
  • Obama Prods GOP On Border Issue, Cites Progress

    Obama Prods GOP On Border Issue, Cites Progress

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:51:01 GMT
    With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.
    With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.
  • Israel’s Consul General David Siegel: "We Asked The UN To Work With Us"

    Israel’s Consul General David Siegel: "We Asked The UN To Work With Us"

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:43:27 GMT
    Today marks the 18th day of fighting between Israel and Gaza. Also today Israel’s security cabinet meets to consider international cease-fire proposals. Joining us to discuss the situation is Israel’s Consul General in Los Angeles, David Siegel.
    Today marks the 18th day of fighting between Israel and Gaza. Also today Israel’s security cabinet meets to consider international cease-fire proposals. Joining us to discuss the situation is Israel’s Consul General in Los Angeles, David Siegel.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices