'캘리포니아 고속철도'에 해당되는 글 3건

  1. 2012.03.08 캘리포니아 고속철도 - 비용 증가 (1)
  2. 2012.01.16 캘리포니아 고속철도 CEO 사임
  3. 2012.01.05 캘리포니아 고속열차 update - peer group report
예전 포스팅에서 예상했던대로 캘리포니아 고속철도 건설비용이 상승하고 있습니다. LA Times 보도에 따르면, http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bullet-debt-20120307,0,4656422.story 캘리포니아 고속철도의 이자비용이 연간 6억 4천 7백만 달러에서 7억 5천만 달러로 상승하게 되었다고 합니다. 이정도 금액이면 최근 문제가 되고 있는 주립대학의 재정지원 및 교육문제를 상당부분 해결할 수 있다고 하는군요. 

California's distressed state budget will have to allot more than $700 million each year to repay billions of dollars that officials plan to borrow to build the first phase of a proposed bullet train, a nonpartisan government research office has found.

The repayment projection by the state legislative analyst's office includes principal and interest on $9.95 billion in high-speed rail bonds approved by voters in 2008. The figure is higher than in the past — partly because of higher borrowing rates — and does not count millions of dollars already being paid annually on about $500 million in debt incurred to plan the system. 

The 2008 ballot measure said borrowing $9.95 billion would cost the state $647 million annually. Now, the payments could reach $750 million annually, said analyst Brian Weatherford.

That would equal about a 9% increase to the state's current $8.5-billion annual bond debt service. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer believes there are "substantial unanswered questions about the project's funding, and until those questions are adequately answered, it's premature to take the plunge" of moving forward, a spokesman said.
 
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캘리포니아 고속철도 건설공사 (California High Speed Rail Construction Authority)의 CEO와 이사회 의장이 갑작스레 사임하였습니다. 관련 기사는  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0113-bullet-resign-20120113,0,7586034.story에서 보실 수 있습니다.  

사임이유로 '추정'할 수 있는 힌트가 몇 가지 있네요.

 It became apparent last year that the political and funding battles over keeping the project alive were far from over. A new, hostile Republican majority in the House of Representatives cast doubt on future federal funding.

Rather than focusing on engineering, Van Ark began spending more time on the acrimonious politics engulfing the project. Van Ark was called before the Legislature 15 times last year.

"I think he took over a totally dysfunctional organization," said state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), one of those who summoned Van Ark. "The distrust by the Legislature was already there. He was always in a defensive posture, defending against this attack or that attack. I think it just wore him out. His skills did not match the situation that evolved."

Others said Brown was unhappy with the project's trajectory. He recently proposed creation of a new state transportation agency to oversee both highway and state rail projects, including the bullet train.

"It's not a coincidence that Van Ark and Umberg happened on the same day," said state Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), another lawmaker with oversight responsibility for the project. "This is clearly an effort by the administration to start fresh and push the reset button."

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2010/02/03 - [도시계획 Urban Planning/도시계획일반] - 캘리포니아의 고속철도

에서 소개한 바 있는 California High Speed Train 에 대한 peer group review 가 발표되었습니다. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bullet-train-report-20120104,0,3258448.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Flocal+%28L.A.+Times+-+California+%7C+Local+News%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher 에서 개략의 내용을 확인하실 수 있습니다.

보고서 전문은  http://www.cahsrblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/77068813-Peer-Review-Group-Report-on-CA-High-Speed-Rail-Plans.pdf  에서 보실 수 있습니다.  

줄여서 이야기하면 다음의 내용으로 요약할 수 있네요.

The expert panel asserted that the plan to start construction between Chowchilla and Bakersfield does not meet requirements approved by voters. Their report also found ridership estimates are unverified, construction costs may exceed the current $98.5 billion estimate, and the state agency overseeing the project lacks adequate management resources.

Most problematic, the report said, is the lack of certainty about funding the balance of the project once the state exhausts the $9 billion in available bonds and $3.3 billion in federal grants. Congress has eliminated future funding for the project, and Republicans are attempting to freeze funds already granted.

"The fact that the funding plan fails to identify any long-term funding commitments is a fundamental flaw in the program," the panel said. "We cannot overemphasize the fact that moving ahead on the high-speed rail project without credible sources of adequate funding … represents an immense financial risk on the part of the state of California."

이에 대한 California High Speed Rail Construction Authority 의 반응은 http://www.cahsrblog.com/2012/01/peer-review-group-wants-to-delay-hsr-bond-funds-gov-brown-disagrees/ 에서 보실 수 있습니다. 

 
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