Can America Still Build Big? A California Rail Project Raises Doubts

The New York Times » California’s newly installed governor, Gavin Newsom, in his first major address to lawmakers this month, sent the project into disarray. The governor announced that the project, which was expected to connect the Central Valley to Silicon Valley, would be dramatically scaled back because of exorbitant costs.

2019-04-18T14:18:31+00:00February 25th, 2019|California, California High Speed Rail, Design-Build, High-Speed Rail, U.S. News|

Gavin Newsom says he would scale back the bullet train and twin tunnels if elected

Los Angeles Times » If Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is elected governor as expected, he’ll keep building the state’s two contentious public works projects: the bullet train and twin water tunnels. But he’ll scale back both. Newsom will concentrate on completing a high-speed rail line from the San Joaquin Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. As for the beleaguered water project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, Newsom will try to reduce its size to one tunnel.

Unbilled Costs Remain in Tutor Perini’s Finances

Engineering News Record » The majority of Tutor Perini’s unbilled costs, or more than $646 million, involve disputes about the scope of work and its cost. Another $334.7 million is made up of unapproved change orders. Tutor Perini, with $5.85 billion in 2017 revenue, is a major contractor on California’s high-speed rail project, among other big public works.

2018-10-08T12:10:43+00:00October 3rd, 2018|California High Speed Rail, Project to Watch|

California bullet train picks its path between Burbank and Palmdale

Los Angeles Times » The California bullet train would cut through Sun Valley, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Agua Dulce, the state rail authority proposed Wednesday as it laid out its plans for the complicated route from Burbank to Palmdale — one of its most controversial and costly segments. 

2018-10-08T09:30:17+00:00September 19th, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, High-Speed Rail, Project to Watch|

HSR projected real estate costs nearly double to $1.5 billion for Valley segment

The Fresno Bee » And as engineers tinker and fine-tune the design of the three construction segments between Madera and Bakersfield, the overall number of parcels needed has grown, putting the agency even further behind – even as an economy in rebound after the 2007-09 recession sends real estate prices ever higher.

2018-09-24T11:09:50+00:00September 14th, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, Design-Build, High-Speed Rail|

Riding the California high-speed rail in virtual reality

KALW » People wanting to ride California’s high-speed railroad have been stymied by many project setbacks. But people attending the August 11th opening of the Salesforce Transit Center got the next best thing — a virtual reality experience simulating a high-speed rail journey, complete with stations and train car designs.

2018-09-25T12:46:41+00:00August 12th, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, High-Speed Rail|
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