3.2 Briefing Papers - 2012 Plan

In 2014 one Briefing Paper and one Addendum have been issued, and these are available on the subpages below:

In January -

This report looks at the ticket prices the California High Speed Rail Authority is planning to charge local train riders, in their 2012 Business Plans, and finds that these prices will be much higher than the current alternative rail options that presently exist.  See 8, below.

In February -

An Addendum to the July 2013 Briefing Paper, "Diminishing Prospects For the CHSRA's Initial Construction Section", shows that, based on recent cost information from the Authority, our previous estimate of $7B to construct the ICS, as defined in the 2012 Business Plan and Funding Plan and the December 2012 FRA Agreement (Amendment 5) , needs to be revised upwards to the range of $7.8 Billion.  See 6, below.

In 2013 three Briefing Papers have been issued, and these are available on the subpages below:

In May –

This report looks at the projected construction costs for the Initial Construction Segment and the available funding, which may be insufficient to accomplish the stated objectives.  See 5, below.

In July -

This report looks at the current legal issues, construction funding, and projected construction costs associated with the Central Valley Project, also known as the ICS  See 6, below.

In November -

This report looks at the contractual Grant relationship between the FRA and the CHSRA, and how this relationship has been altered by the recent rulings by the Superior Court of California and recent construction contracts signed by the CHSRA.  See 7, below.

In 2012 four Briefing Papers were issued, and theses are available on the subpages below:

In January -

A Proposal was made to move the Initial Construction Segment (ICS) to the area south of Bakersfield.  See 1, below.

An analysis of the November Draft version of the CHSRA 2012 Business Plan showed that the Plan contained twelve very misleading statements.  See 2, below.

In March -

An analysis of the November Draft version of the CHSRA 2012 Business Plan revealed that the Plan would need an operating subsidy, forever.  See 4, below.

An analysis of Prop 1A and AB 3034 shows that only a small amount of the Prop 1A funds are legally available to local agencies for construction along their right-of-way.  See 3, below