SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers are set to discuss a scathing audit of the state’s ambitious high-speed rail project.
The report released in mid-November found poor contract management and decision making drove billions of dollars in cost overruns and years of delays. Lawmakers will question the auditor and rail officials Thursday.READ MORE: Driver Fatally Struck After Leaving Vehicle Involved In San Jose Collision
California is attempting to build a rail line that will shuttle passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. It’s still 15 years from completion and now slated to cost $77 billion. That’s almost double the original cost projections.READ MORE: Family, Neighbors Stunned By San Francisco Teenage Girl's Murder; 'It Breaks My Heart'
State auditor Elaine Howle found high turnover and little oversight among people who manage hundreds of rail-related contracts. The audit also faults the California High-Speed Rail Authority for beginning construction in the Central Valley without all approvals in hand.MORE NEWS: Spectator Seriously Injured Watching Saturday Night San Jose Sideshow
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