Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

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New Business Plan for Biggest Infrastructure Project in California History At the Fresno, Claif. trench, crews are excavating deeper beneath State Route 180. APRIL 2018 PHOTO: CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY On May 14, 2018, a new business plan for the California High-Speed Rail project was approved by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and a completion date set for … 2033! Such a long horizon date gives one pause. You can't help but tally how old you'll be in that distant future, and imagine, given the leaps and bounds in technology, what the world will look like in '33. "Yes, iRobot, of course I want you to do all my work today." The Authority is planning, designing, building and will operate the high-speed rail project. The first phase of the project, the line from Los Angeles to San Francisco, was originally scheduled for completion in 2029. It has overrun the initial cost estimate by $44 billion. To complete the new plan in 2033, the Authority projects it will have to spend $4.6 billion a year. Whence the money? One imagines walking from L.A. to S.F., a trek that might take 20 days or so at a moderate pace. Granted that's pretty slow as travel goes, but it would be 15 years ahead of the bullet train debut. Kind of makes one nostalgic for the "good" ol' days, like May 10, 1869, when the final track was laid and the golden spike driven in at Promontory, Utah, signaling the completion of the transcontinental railroad. That western section covered 2,000 miles and took just 6 years to build. Six years! That project of course required many thousands of workers. When the Central Pacific unit began laying track through the granite rock of the Sierra Nevada in California in 1865, it employed 10,000 men (8,000 were Chinese). Detoxing Students from Their Phones The French lower house of parliament just passed a "detox" law to ban students from using mobile phones anywhere on school grounds. During the presidential campaign, French President Emmanuel Macron had promised to outlaw phone usage on campus for youths under the age of 15. The French outlawed use of phones during classes back in 2010. June 2018 75 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 4 6

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