California High-Speed Rail Authority
California officials sought Wednesday to reassure congressional Republicans that the state will be able to match billions of dollars in federal funding for the state’s high-speed rail project.
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge is blocking the sale of bonds to build California’s bullet train and has rejected the state’s funding plan, jeopardizing the future of the project.
California’s bullet train will cost an estimated $98.5 billion to build over the next 22 years, a price nearly double any previous projection and one likely to trigger political sticker shock, according to a business plan scheduled to be unveiled Tuesday.
The state’s independent analyst on Tuesday called for major changes to California’s high-speed rail plans, including delaying the fast-tracked project and removing its oversight from an independent board.
Officials have decided to extend the first segment of California’s planned high-speed rail line in the Central Valley to Bakersfield.
A Los Angeles transportation official is resigning from the panel overseeing California’s proposed $43-billion bullet train between Orange County and San Francisco.
A state audit says the agency in charge of a proposed $43-billion bullet train linking San Francisco and Los Angeles paid nearly $3 1/2 million in bills without getting adequate documentation.
Ethics issues are being raised about overseas trips taken by California bullet train officials who are reportedly unable to detail costs and sponsors of the travel.
California is getting a $194 million federal grant to fund planning of a 520-mile high-speed rail line.