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  • California still hasn't bought land for bullet train route

    California still hasn't bought land for bullet train route
    Construction of California's high-speed rail network is supposed to start in just six months, but the state hasn't acquired a single acre along the route and faces what officials are calling a challenging schedule to assemble hundreds of parcels needed in the Central Valley.
  • High-speed rail's strongest backers now express reservations

    High-speed rail's strongest backers now express reservations
    The California bullet-train project has collided with farmers, political conservatives and wealthy suburbanites who would like to see the $68-billion system killed. Now it is facing tough criticism from an unlikely quarter: within the ranks of high-...

    Cities in bullet train's path have mixed reactions

    Cities in bullet train's path have mixed reactions
    A few hundred faithful pass through the doors of Pastor Bob Childress' sanctuary every Sunday, but he worries that sometime in the next decade a 220-mph bullet train may take their place. The future route of the train, as currently drawn, takes dead aim...

    California high-speed rail bidding rules were changed

    California high-speed rail bidding rules were changed
    State high-speed rail officials acknowledged Thursday that they changed their rules for selecting a builder for the bullet train's first phase in the Central Valley, a shift that subsequently made it possible for a consortium led by Sylmar-based Tutor...

    California bullet train groundbreaking faces new obstacles

    California bullet train groundbreaking faces new obstacles
    California's bullet train agency is facing a series of new regulatory and political problems that could jeopardize its July construction kickoff, which already has been delayed more than six months. The new challenges are coming from a private...