The board overseeing California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project approved a contract to start the first construction work for a bullet train in the Central Valley at its meeting Thursday in Sacramento.
A proposal unveiled by State Senator Jerry Hill on Friday would tie together the future of Caltrain and high-speed rail in the state.
The authority overseeing efforts to build a high-speed rail system in California has approved its revised business plan, sending the ambitious project to an uncertain fate in the Legislature.
Just days after the release of a scathing critique of the bullet train project, the chief executive officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority announced he was stepping down.
The plan by the California High Speed Rail Authority doubles the overall cost estimate for the project.
Bullet trains and electrified Caltrain trains would share the existing two-track corridor through Silicon Valley under a proposal considered Thursday by the California High-Speed Authority.
California high-speed rail officials are set to vote this week on a proposal to launch the bullet trains through the Peninsula on fixed-up Caltrain tracks, rather than brand-new ones.
A group of minority business owners demanded Wednesday that the federal government withhold more than $3 billion in funding for California’s bullet train project while they investigate claims of unfair contracting practices by high-speed rail officials.
California high-speed rail officials have approved a proposal to build the first segment of the state’s high-speed rail line in the Central Valley.
An ethics agency is investigating several leaders of the California High-Speed Rail Authority who took overseas trips paid for by foreign governments seeking contracts to build the bullet train system.