High Speed Rail--An
TRANSDEF has long been a supporter of
High Speed Rail (HSR). We believe that building HSR is the
best way to provide connectivity between California’s
regions. It will encourage land use plans to emphasize
proximity to transit and minimize greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions, the goals of SB 375. HSR is an important part of
California’s strategy for the future.
Organization of this HSR Website
- The Proposition 1A ballot measure
- AThe California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has made a total mess of its assigned responsibility by politicizing what should have been a straightforward project. It has wasted billions of dollars on a system that cannot be built.
- TRANSDEF’s 2013 proposal for how to fix the mess.
- Atherton I Lawsuit--our coalition’s first challenge of the CHSRA’s Bay Area to Central Valley Environmental review
- New Altamont Alignment--TRANSDEF and its ally hired a French HSR consulting firm to design a new Altamont route
- Ridership Challenge--our coalition’s challenge of a secret change in the ridership model that penalized Altamont ridership
- Atherton II Lawsuit--our coalition’s second challenge of the CHSRA’s Bay Area to Central Valley Environmental review
- Atherton II Appeal--our coalition’s appeal of the ridership and alternatives parts of the final ruling, in which the federal preemption of CEQA unexpectedly came up
- Atherton III Lawsuit--our coalition’s third challenge of of the CHSRA’s Bay Area to Central Valley Environmental review
- Tos Lawsuit Part I--a taxpayer lawsuit asserting that the CHSRA project does not qualify for Prop. 1A HSR bond funds
- Validation Suit- CHSRA’s attempt at getting a pass on challenges to the sale of HSR bonds
- Extraordinary Writ--CHSRA’s attempt to get around decisions in the Tos and Validation cases by petitioning the CA Supreme Court
- Tos Lawsuit Part II--a taxpayer lawsuit asserting that the CHSRA project does not qualify for Prop. 1A HSR bond funds
- Caltrain Electrification EIR Challenge--TRANSDEF, Atherton and CC-HSR challenge the EIR’s failure to analyze the impacts of HSR on the Caltrain Corridor
- Fresno-Bakersfield--Two counties, a city, two non-profits and a partnership challenge the project-level FEIR for this section of the HSR project. (This case is currently on hold, awaiting California Supreme Court resolution of a conflict between two appellate decisions on the federal preemption of CEQA.)
- ARB Scoping Plan Challenge--TRANSDEF sued the Air Resources Board for its inclusion of HSR as a GHG emissions reduction measure. (This case is being briefed.)
- Appeal of STB’s Order declaring that CEQA is entirely preempted for the HSR project (This case is currently awaiting the scheduling of oral argument.)
- Tos II Lawsuit--A taxpayer lawsuit asserting that CHSRA’s Funding Plans, seeking bond money for construction, rely on an unconstitutional law, AB 1889. (This case was just filed.)
Other HSR Plans
TRANSDEF recommends the website of the California Rail Foundation for its thoughtful analyses of how an HSR system should be designed.
The Train Riders Association of California adopted a Resolution advocating a Plan B for HSR in California. Its California Rail News carries up-to-date information on the HSR project, as well as many other rail projects.