The Fresno Bee » Based on a recent analysis, the California High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) needs to increase the contingency allowance for Construction Package 1 by $150 million. The $1 billion contract for this 29-mile segment from Fresno to Madera was awarded in 2013 and includes a contingency allowance of $160 million. The HSRA says the amount is a projection and the Board must formally approve any increase. The $68 billion budget for the high-speed rail project includes an $11 billion contingency allowance. The HSRA will release a revised business plan with new cost estimates in early 2016.