California bullet train authority ordered part of a flawed bridge torn down

Los Angeles Times » Engineers have built about 24,000 bridges in California over the last century, but a new one under construction in Madera County for the state’s bullet train project shows that they can still lead to serious blunders. In a statement, the authority said the Avenue 8 bridge design did not meet its “level of quality for a work product” and showed “signs of distress.”

The bullet train is California’s biggest infrastructure project — but it’s seldom discussed in governor’s race

Los Angeles Times » It’s the biggest infrastructure project in state history, but the California bullet train gets hardly any attention on the campaign trail. The leading candidates for governor have said little, if anything, publicly about how they would fix dire problems in the $77-billion mega-project that has already overrun its initial cost estimate by $44 billion.

Musk says underground tunnel to offer free rides soon

Los Angeles Times » Angelinos may be able to hitch a ride through town on Elon Musk’s first underground tunnel in just a few months — at least for a very short distance. The entrepreneur offered a glimpse Thursday night of what riders can expect from his proposal to help unsnarl the city’s traffic problems. The tunnel’s proposed route runs parallel to Sepulveda Boulevard, starting at Pico Boulevard and running down to Washington Boulevard in Culver City.

2018-05-14T14:48:11+00:00May 11th, 2018|California, High-Speed Rail, Metro Rail / Transit|

Cost of high-speed rail jumps by millions for moving power, gas and phone lines

The Fresno Bee » The original $1 billion contract included an extra $53 million in “provisional sums” that a contractor could not be expected to predict in their bid. For utility relocation, that amount was tabbed at $25 million. Within months, however, that figure began to climb, and the rail agency increased its allowance for utility relocation to almost $69 million.

2018-04-30T14:55:12+00:00April 28th, 2018|California High Speed Rail, Design-Build, High-Speed Rail|
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