The California High-Speed Rail Authority will spend more than more than $5 million to relocate part of G Street near downtown Fresno east by about 90 feet to accommodate the relocation of the Fresno Rescue Mission.
Utility relocation for high-speed rail in Fresno, Madera was only supposed to cost $25 million. Now the estimate is closer to $400 million. It's only one factor in the rising cost for the train project in the Valley.
With the shifting plans around the state's high-speed rail and its rising costs, Merced's mayor headed to Sacramento this week to speak with officials in an attempt reaffirm the bullet train's importance to the region.
Yes, the high-speed rail project is getting more expensive. No, it won't be done on time. But the bullet train will have a transformational effect on Fresno and the central San Joaquin Valley. And benefits are already visible.
In September 2017, California High-Speed Rail Authority board chairman Dan Richard and vice chairman Tom Richards discussed issues that have delayed progress on construction of the statewide bullet-train project.