California’s high-speed rail project’s “flawed decision making and poor contract management” have led to billions of dollars in cost overruns and significant delays in the San Joaquin Valley, according a state audit
Four years ago, Bakersfield sued the California High-Speed Rail Authority over the choice of a route from Fresno to Bakersfield. As part of a legal settlement, now there’s a new route and station site.
The California Highway Patrol set up a temporary truck inspection station to crack down on unsafe trucks being used to build the California High-Speed Rail project in Kings County. Officer issued citations and trucks were taken out of service.
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.