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: Santa Rosa Neighbors Blame City After Creek Overflows, Flooding Homes, Forcing Evacuations
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: Los Gatos Mayor Issues Warning To Residents To Stop Harassment At Council Meetings
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: Lowell High School Alumni File Lawsuit To Reinstate Merit-Based Admissions
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