transportation http://kvpr.org en New Poll: Support For Global Warming Laws Drop If Energy Prices Rise http://kvpr.org/post/new-poll-support-global-warming-laws-drop-if-energy-prices-rise <div><p>A new <a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1110">Public Policy Institute of California poll</a> finds a strong majority of Californians support the state’s laws to combat global warming. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, that support drops amid concerns about rising gas and electricity prices.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:54:20 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 36195 at http://kvpr.org New Poll: Support For Global Warming Laws Drop If Energy Prices Rise Fresno County Supervisors Wait On Poochigian Proposal To Oppose High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-supervisors-wait-poochigian-proposal-oppose-high-speed-rail <p>The Fresno County Board of Supervisors decided to wait on a proposal Tuesday that would have formally positioned the county as opposed to California’s high speed rail project. The effort which was led by Supervisor Debbie Poochigian, who says the project’s funding should be diverted to other areas like water or public safety.</p><p>Poochigian spoke with Valley Public Radio on Monday afternoon before the meeting:</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:26:56 +0000 Joe Moore 35764 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County Supervisors Wait On Poochigian Proposal To Oppose High Speed Rail James Fallows: California's High Speed Rail Plan Is 'Better Than The Alternatives' http://kvpr.org/post/james-fallows-californias-high-speed-rail-plan-better-alternatives <p>The Atlantic's <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/james-fallows/">James Fallows</a>&nbsp;says California's high speed rail project may be flawed and expensive, but he also calls it better than other methods of accommodating the state's growing population.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:14:57 +0000 Joe Moore 35733 at http://kvpr.org James Fallows: California's High Speed Rail Plan Is 'Better Than The Alternatives' Environmentalists Call For Halt To Oil Shipments By Rail http://kvpr.org/post/environmentalists-call-halt-oil-shipments-rail <p>Environmental activists rallied Wednesday in Sacramento against plans by oil companies to increase crude oil shipments through populated areas in California and other states by rail. They say increasing the trips would raise the threat to public safety.</p><p>Assemblyman Roger Dickinson has authored a bill that he says will make transporting oil by rail safer. It would require oil and rail companies to better coordinate with first responders.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:09:52 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35580 at http://kvpr.org Environmentalists Call For Halt To Oil Shipments By Rail New Hit-And-Run Law Proposed To Keep Bike Riders Safer http://kvpr.org/post/new-hit-and-run-law-proposed-keep-bike-riders-safer <p>As the number of bike riders continues to grow in California, so do concerns about bicyclists’ safety. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on the latest effort to get drivers to share the road.</p><p>As Damian Kevitt stood at the starting line of the charity bike ride he organized he had one overwhelming emotion…</p><p><em>Kevitt: “Elation is a nice word for it. I was so happy.”</em></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:15:24 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32098 at http://kvpr.org New Hit-And-Run Law Proposed To Keep Bike Riders Safer Fresno Ranks High For Pedestrian Related Deaths http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-ranks-high-pedestrian-related-deaths <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2012, 29 people were killed in car accidents in Fresno – and 14 of those were pedestrians. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That means just about half of all those killed in collisions in 2012 weren’t even in a car, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:01:26 +0000 Ezra David Romero 31961 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Ranks High For Pedestrian Related Deaths Fresno Council Vote Gives BRT New Life http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-council-vote-gives-brt-new-life <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Fresno City Council has approved a revised version of a controversial plan for express bus service, known as Bus Rapid Transit. The council voted 6-1 Thursday to spend $1.5 million to fund design and engineering work for the $38 million project.</p><p>Much like the earlier proposal for Bus Rapid Transit, the new line will feature express bus service on Blackstone and Kings Canyon Avenues.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:24:21 +0000 Joe Moore 30017 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Council Vote Gives BRT New Life City Council Approves Plan To Bring Cars To Fresno's Fulton Mall http://kvpr.org/post/city-council-approves-plan-bring-cars-fresnos-fulton-mall <p>Nearly fifty years after the Fulton Mall opened to national acclaim, &nbsp;Fresno City Council voted late Thursday night to approve a plan to replace the historic pedestrian zone with a two-way street. The 5-2 vote was the latest step in an effort that backers hope will revitalize downtown Fresno and the city's historic main street.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:06:43 +0000 Joe Moore 29103 at http://kvpr.org City Council Approves Plan To Bring Cars To Fresno's Fulton Mall GOP Calls To Move High Speed Rail Funds To Other Projects http://kvpr.org/post/gop-calls-move-high-speed-rail-funds-other-projects <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Assembly Republican caucus says billions of dollars in California high-speed rail bonds and gas tax revenues would be better spent on infrastructure projects.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</span></p><p>GOP lawmakers want to take money from several different sources and spend it on road, highway, bridge and port projects.&nbsp; What they don’t want to spend it on is high-speed rail.</p><p><strong><em>Conway:</em></strong><em> “We’re done with that.&nbsp; We’re over that.”</em></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 03:34:06 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 28161 at http://kvpr.org GOP Calls To Move High Speed Rail Funds To Other Projects Bus Rapid Transit Plan Slows, But Might Not Be Dead http://kvpr.org/post/bus-rapid-transit-plan-slows-might-not-be-dead <p>Following a public hearing last night that lasted about seven hours, the Fresno City Council voted four-to-three against two contracts needed to move forward with the proposed Bus Rapid Transit system. The high-capacity express bus system would have been funded through a $50 million federal grant.</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 01:42:26 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 27901 at http://kvpr.org Bus Rapid Transit Plan Slows, But Might Not Be Dead Fresno's Bus Rapid Transit Plan Faces Opposition http://kvpr.org/post/fresnos-bus-rapid-transit-plan-faces-opposition <p>The Fresno City Council is set to debate a proposal tonight to bring a hi-tech express bus line to city. But as FM89’s Joe Moore reports, the $50 million federal grant that would fund the project is generating some controversy.<br />____</p><p>The proposal calls for new high capacity express bus service, known as Bus Rapid Transit, to be built along Blackstone and Kings Canyon Avenues in Fresno. The new bus line would replace existing FAX service on those routes and would decrease travel time for riders by as much as an hour and a half in some cases.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:30:28 +0000 Joe Moore & Ezra David Romero 27854 at http://kvpr.org Fresno's Bus Rapid Transit Plan Faces Opposition Steinberg Cool On Cap And Trade Money For High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-cool-cap-and-trade-money-high-speed-rail <p>The leader of California’s &nbsp;Senate is issuing words of caution on Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to use money from the state’s cap-and-trade program to help pay for construction of high speed rail. &nbsp;</p><p>Speaking with Valley Public Radio, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says he’s concerned about the rail authority’s plan to finance construction of the next stage of the bullet train, which would go from Bakersfield over the Tehachapi Mountains to Palmdale in Southern California.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:09:08 +0000 Joe Moore 27113 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg Cool On Cap And Trade Money For High Speed Rail Brown's Budget Proposal Spends Cap and Trade Money http://kvpr.org/post/browns-budget-proposal-spends-cap-and-trade-money <div><p>California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal includes some major investments in the environment. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, it lays out how he wants to spend $850 million in revenue from the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program known as cap-and-trade.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:20:52 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 26972 at http://kvpr.org Brown's Budget Proposal Spends Cap and Trade Money With Cap-And-Trade Money And Lawsuits, High Speed Rail At Critical Juncture In 2014 http://kvpr.org/post/cap-and-trade-money-and-lawsuits-high-speed-rail-critical-juncture-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s $68 billion high speed rail project ran into a rough stretch of track late last year, with judge ruling that the project has failed to comply with financing and environmental review requirements in 2008's voter-approved &nbsp;Proposition&nbsp;</span>1A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. While those rulings and a separate lawsuit about the sale of $8.6 billion in bonds, didn't stop work on the project, they did cast serious doubt about how the rail authority plans to move forward.</span></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:56:19 +0000 Joe Moore 26839 at http://kvpr.org With Cap-And-Trade Money And Lawsuits, High Speed Rail At Critical Juncture In 2014 Judge Blocks California High Speed Rail Financing http://kvpr.org/post/judge-blocks-california-high-speed-rail-financing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>California’s High Speed Rail project may have stalled out in court. A judge ruled today the Rail Authority cannot sell $8 billion in bonds to help fund the project.</p><p>The judge also ordered the Authority to rewrite its $68 billion funding plan before moving forward with construction.</p><p>Jon Coupal is with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which opposes the project.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:39:39 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 25016 at http://kvpr.org Judge Blocks California High Speed Rail Financing Kings County High Speed Rail Route Draws Opposition http://kvpr.org/post/kings-county-high-speed-rail-route-draws-opposition <p>The California High-Speed Rail Authority is pushing forward with plans for its Fresno to Bakersfield segment. The board accepted a proposed route at a meeting Thursday. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, it’s been a rough ride.</p><p>The High-Speed Rail Authority has voted to support a route that goes through eastern Kings County. Board members say it will have less environmental impact than an alternate path.</p><p>But Ross Browning, who lives in Kings County says the high speed rail project will be devastating to local agriculture.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:27:20 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 24237 at http://kvpr.org Kings County High Speed Rail Route Draws Opposition Elon Musk In Bakersfield: High Speed Rail Implementation Like 'Bait and Switch' http://kvpr.org/post/elon-musk-bakersfield-high-speed-rail-implementation-bait-and-switch <p>Technology entrepreneur Elon Musk&nbsp;held court Wednesday night before a packed crowd at&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Cal State University Bakersfield's Doré&nbsp;Theatre, in the college's new guest lecture series.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:42:22 +0000 Joe Moore 24183 at http://kvpr.org Elon Musk In Bakersfield: High Speed Rail Implementation Like 'Bait and Switch' High Speed Rail Archaeologists Search For Fresno's 'Underground' Chinatown http://kvpr.org/post/high-speed-rail-archaeologists-search-fresnos-underground-chinatown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Generations of Fresno residents have heard stories about the mysterious underground world of Fresno's </span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century Chinatown. Was it a world of illicit activity, with a network of subterranean tunnels? Archeologists with the state's high speed rail authority are hoping to shed some new light on this dark and forgotten part of Fresno's history.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:52:36 +0000 Ezra David Romero 23703 at http://kvpr.org High Speed Rail Archaeologists Search For Fresno's 'Underground' Chinatown Commentary: Take A Trip On Amtrak's San Joaquin http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-take-trip-amtraks-san-joaquin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’m not a big fan of trains, but my oldest son, Ben, 4, loves them. He’d been lobbying to go on a “big train trip,” and his school would be closed for a couple days at the end of September, when I had a meeting in Sacramento. Why not take the kid on a train trip from L.A. to the state capital, by Amtrak?</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 01:16:21 +0000 Joe Mathews 23413 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Take A Trip On Amtrak's San Joaquin High-Speed Rail CEO: No Construction Yet, But Work "Under Way" http://kvpr.org/post/high-speed-rail-ceo-no-construction-yet-work-under-way <p class="p1">California&rsquo;s High-Speed Rail Authority is asking contractors that want to build the second stretch of Central Valley track to step forward.&nbsp; It also says work on the project&rsquo;s first phase is &ldquo;under way.&rdquo;&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, actual construction has not yet begun &ndash; despite promises that it would by now.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:30:29 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 23186 at http://kvpr.org High-Speed Rail CEO: No Construction Yet, But Work "Under Way"