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  • Builder of 1st phase of California's bullet train faces scrutiny

    Builder of 1st phase of California's bullet train faces scrutiny
    The state bullet train agency is pushing full throttle to start construction of the important first phase of the California high-speed rail system in as little as six weeks, prompting scrutiny of the state's selection of a construction company with the worst technical scores among bidders.
  • Bullet train's risk of cost overruns reduced, rail chief says

    Bullet train's risk of cost overruns reduced, rail chief says
    Dan Richard, chairman of the California high-speed rail authority, said Wednesday at a congressional hearing in Madera that the agency had reduced the risk of future cost overruns, but the project's price tag could increase in the future. "I am not...

    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-...

    Key milestone in bullet train project is delayed

    Key milestone in bullet train project is delayed
    Officials at the California bullet train agency have pushed back by months a key milestone in the upcoming construction, though they say the project is not falling behind and that they will be able to build 130 miles of track in the Central Valley by...

    Brown backs away from plan to protect bullet train from lawsuits

    Brown backs away from plan to protect bullet train from lawsuits
    After encountering criticism from environmental groups, Gov. Jerry Brown signaled Wednesday that he plans to withdraw his controversial proposal to protect the California bullet train project from injunctions sought by environmental lawsuits. Brown&...