High-Speed Rail Authority
A judge on Monday tore up California’s funding plans for what would be the nation’s first bullet train, issuing separate orders that could force the state to spend months or years redrawing its plans for the $68 billion rail line.
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.
The State of California has filed a civil case against anyone willing to challenge $8.6 Billion in voter-approved bonds for the high-speed rail project.
Construction of California’s high-speed rail network is set to start in July, but the state still has not purchased any land along the route.
Bay Area residents are likely facing a new round of bridge toll hikes and taxes to pay for the High Speed Rail tunnel connecting the Caltrain station at 4th and King streets in San Francisco to the new Transbay Terminal.
A new study casts doubt on whether the benefits of California high-speed rail will include the creation of 400,000 permanent jobs promised by boosters of the bullet trains.
A critical vote is expected to take place this week in Sacramento as California legislators will decide on whether to issue almost $3 billion in state bonds for the high-speed rail project.
Farmers in the Central Valley have filed a pair of lawsuits claiming the path of the bullet train line will severely impact farming in the community.
California’s high-speed rail chief has said he’s seeking environmental exemptions on the first 130-mile leg of the bullet train in the San Joaquin Valley.
The state’s nonpartisan analyst says the latest proposal to build a $68.4 billion high-speed train system linking Northern and Southern California is still too vague.