Most, if not all, the foundations for the new poles in the Newark, DE area are ready and waiting for the poles.Why does it seem like all the electrification projects in the US have a heck of a problem getting foundations of the poles done in a timely fashion?
The NEC in NJ project finally failed to dig the foundations for more than half the posts that were originally supposed to be installed, and then finally even of the holes they managed to dig, some apparently not quite vertical to boot, they managed to actually install posts in only about two thirds of them. I worry about the competence of outfits that simply can't even dig straight vertical holes into ground.
Maybe he meant to say Stanford and mistyped. Of course Stanford had very intimate connections with SP for obvious reasons, back in the days.I'm not sure I totally follow, I don't think either CAHSR or Caltrain go through Berkley? In any case, a 14% increase, while not ideal, is pretty mundane as far as transit capital cost overruns are concerned.
The old Christmas Tree decoration syndrome....A lot. The state is hanging everything but the kitchen sink into the HSR costs so that it does not appear in the highway department expenses.
Things have changed, especially since housing supply is constrained. A lot of the new housing in Berkeley is upscale apartments and condos near the tracks. Fourth and U Apartments is right next to BKY. There's a lot of housing in Emeryville where there used to be industrial space. There are apartments and condos all over on either side of the train tracks in Emeryville now. And tons of apartments around Jack London Square.If the HSR is just going to follow the existing Caltrain route, why should the NIMBYs care? They already have trains passing by, I would expect that electrified trains will be quieter than diesels, and HSR trains aren't going to be making many stops along the way, potentially disgorging hordes of "undesirable" passengers.
As for Berkeley, there seems to be no problem with the route of the Capitol Corridor passing through. Anyway, the train tracks pass through a part of Berkeley where practically nobody lives, and the principal neighbor of the train tracks is Interstate 80. All the hoity-toity yuppies in Berkeley live a good distance from the tracks, and given the topography of the town, there's no way a rail route is going to pass through. But it might be an interesting exercise to upgrade the Capitol Corridor tracks for higher speeds (if not true HSR) and maybe electrify the corridor. But, of course, they would have to buy the tracks from UP before they could do that.