The cost of building the first 119 miles of rail line in the Central Valley is forecast to jump to $10.6 billion from the original estimate of $6 billion. Photo: CHSRA

The cost of building the first 119 miles of rail line in the Central Valley is forecast to jump to $10.6 billion from the original estimate of $6 billion. Photo: CHSRA

FRESNO, Calif. — A leading Democrat has lent support for an audit of the California bullet train program in a letter asking for a comprehensive review, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The request, from Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), chairman of the state Senate transportation committee, and Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), comes a week after the rail authority disclosed that the cost of building the first 119 miles of rail line in the Central Valley is forecasted to jump to $10.6 billion from the original estimate of $6 billion, according to the report.

The increases are likely to drain funds that were intended for later construction of segments that would ultimately link San Francisco to Los Angeles, reported the Times. For the full story, click here.

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