Brown reappoints top California high-speed rail leaders
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown reappointed two leaders of California's embattled high-speed rail board on Wednesday, days before leaving office.
Audit cites flaws in costly California bullet train project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Flawed decision-making and poor contract management contributed to billions in cost overruns and years of delays in the as-yet unbuilt California's high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, state auditors said Thursday.
The project is now estimated to cost $77 billion and is 15 years from completion.
Judge tentatively rules against high-speed rail opponents
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Thursday tentatively rejected arguments by opponents of California's high-speed rail project that the state is improperly spending bond money approved by voters in 2008.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board tasked with overseeing California's ambitious high-speed rail project approved a new business plan Tuesday and pledged to keep pushing forward even as the plan faces stark financial challenges.
"We are going to deliver high-speed rail for the people of California," board chairman Dan Richards said.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — High-speed rail executives asked skeptical lawmakers Monday to provide more stable, long-term funding for the bullet train in the face of ballooning costs.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The projected cost of California's bullet train between San Francisco and Los Angeles has jumped to $77 billion and the completion date has been pushed back four years to 2033, according to a business plan released Friday.
The plan by the California High-Speed Rail Authority presents the latest setbacks for a project that's been beleaguered by delays and cost overruns since voters first gave it the greenlight in 2008.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's high-speed rail project (all times local):
The projected cost of California's bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles has jumped 20 percent to $77 billion and the opening date has been pushed back four years to 2033.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's bullet train project will likely require more time and money to complete than last estimated, but its new chief executive is promising more transparency with the public about its challenges.
"It's going to be bumpy," said Brian Kelly, CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. "What's important to me is you hear that from us."
California bullet train project faces audit as costs climb
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers approved an official audit of California's high-speed rail project Tuesday with the goal of understanding whether the ambitious infrastructure plan can be completed on time and without more dramatic cost increases.
The Latest: Lawmakers back audit of California bullet train
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a request to audit California's high-speed rail project (all times local):
California's high-speed rail project will face fresh scrutiny from the state auditor.
A legislative panel approved an audit of the bullet train project Tuesday with bipartisan support. State auditor Elaine Howle says it will take her team six to nine months to complete the audit.
California bullet train staff recommend German operator
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The agency overseeing California's bullet train project recommended Friday that a U.S. subsidiary of a German rail company design and operate a train segment from the Central Valley to Silicon Valley in its early stages.
Rail board members question bullet train budget overruns
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board overseeing California's bullet train project approved roughly $50 million in contract amendments on Tuesday to deal with unanticipated construction and environmental review costs.
But several members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board said repeated budget overruns are damaging the project's public image and called for more thorough oversight of how budgets are set and spent.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Opponents of California's bullet train have refiled a lawsuit against state legislation that allows high-speed rail money to be spent on electrification of Caltrain from south of San Jose to San Francisco.
In a new filing Thursday, opponents named the lead plaintiff as the state of California, rather than the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and also named state Finance Director Michael Cohen.
Document warns of $3.6B higher high-speed rail cost
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A document obtained by The Los Angeles Times says the first leg of California's $64 billion high-speed rail project could cost as much as $3.6 billion more than previous estimates and take years longer to build.