California High-Speed Rail Summer Highlights, Part 3: Community Disruption

Contrary to the claims of the taxpayer-funded California High-Speed Rail Authority Communications Department, the summer of 2017 was grim for the future of California High-Speed Rail.

Citizens for California High-Speed Rail Accountability (CCHSRA) continually tracks developments (or lack of developments) for this costly, misguided high-speed rail plan. We see several trends ongoing with this project. The third is Community Disruption.

If your hobby is horticulture, you have one less place to get your plants and gardening products:

Northwest Fresno Nursery Shuts Down to Make Room for High-Speed Rail – ABC 30 News – September 17, 2017

Even businesses not targeted for demolition are worried:

More High-Speed Rail Closures, Detours Coming. That Worries Downtown Business OwnersFresno Bee – September 11, 2017

HSR Concerns in Fresno’s Chinatown – KSEE Channel 24 News (NBC) – September 13, 2017

California High-Speed Rail is supposed to discourage driving, and Fresno is experiencing a taste of the future:

Road Linking Downtown to Chinatown Will Be Closed for 2 Years for Bullet Train WorkFresno Bee – October 2, 2017

More Road Closures Coming for High-Speed Rail ConstructionFresno Bee – July 25, 2017

Construction on High-Speed Rail Tracks to Close County RoadsMadera Tribune – July 31, 2017

California High-Speed Rail is forcing people to change their driving routines, and that brings danger:

Did a New Bridge Make This Old Intersection Dangerous?Fresno Bee – August 10, 2017

Of course, even taking the bus won’t overcome traffic delays:

Get Ready for Traffic Backups – Rail Work Will Close Lanes Near Roeding ParkFresno Bee – September 15, 2017

This bridge finally opened, but it opened eight months later than originally planned:

Downtown Fresno Bridge Finally Opens Allowing Two-Way TrafficFresno Bee – August 4, 2017

And the disruption is now moving south from Madera and Fresno counties into Kings County:

High-Speed Rail Construction to Start in Kings CountyHanford Sentinel – September 23, 2017

The people of Kings County will soon endure what the people of Madera County are enduring:

Readers Riled Up Over High-Speed RailMadera Tribune -September 18, 2017