Federal Legislation & Regulation Congressional panel slates hearing on California high-speed rail project

Progressive Railroading » The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials on Thursday will hold a field hearing in Sacramento, California, to review the status of the state’s high-speed rail project. The subcommittee will also examine the most recent modifications to the project’s business plan, which were released in June.

2018-08-08T14:40:33+00:00August 7th, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, Design-Build, High-Speed Rail|

Though underway, $77B California bullet train still threatened

Construction Dive » The rail’s biggest hurdle, however, could come in the guise of a new governor who could oppose the project and pull the plug. Some onlookers say the reason that the authority is pushing so hard to finish portions of the bullet train line is so that it will be more difficult for the incoming administration to give up on it.

2018-08-08T14:38:05+00:00August 1st, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, Design-Build, High-Speed Rail|

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.

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