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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...

    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...

    High-speed rail authority defends bullet train bidding criteria

    High-speed rail authority defends bullet train bidding criteria
    The California bullet train agency on Thursday defended its bidding criteria for selecting the winner for its first construction contract, saying that the process held down prices and was handled properly. The California High-Speed Rail Authority has...

    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...