Topic : California high-speed rail

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Calif. HSRA extends consulting contracts for $50M

Rail| April 10, 2013
Extensions were needed because of delays. The expense was anticipated and budgeted according to guidelines approved by voters under Proposition 1A, project officials said.

Calif. HSRA seeks $8.6B in state bonds

Rail| March 27, 2013
Half of the bond money would go to the first segment of the line. The project still needs to weather lawsuits over the next couple of months. The lawsuit rulings could stall the funds.
Rail| March 27, 2013

Longtime Calif. HSR backers raise concerns

Objecting to political compromises that they say undermine legal safeguards for the massive investment, notably a design that would move passengers between urban destinations faster than air travel.
Rail| March 20, 2013

Caltrain, Calif. HSRA strike financing deal for electrification

Will clarify the timeline for commuter train electrification between San Francisco and San Jose. The CHSRA board of directors approved an MOU with the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board to enhance the rail tracks to accommodate future high-speed rail service.
Rail| March 6, 2013

Calif. HSR wins legal battle

A Sacramento County judge upheld the California High-Speed Rail Authority's environmental-review process for the controversial rail project in spite of an effort by Peninsula-area cities to stop it.
Rail| January 30, 2013

Calif. HSRA, city settle lawsuit over route

The rail authority agreed to consider the city's concerns about the route options in and around the city and cover up to $300,000 of the city's legal fees associated with the lawsuit. The settlement removes one hurdle from construction plans this year on the first segment in Madera and Fresno counties.
Rail| January 23, 2013

Calif. engineers question HSR oversight

Bid requirements state that the independent contractor that would design and build the first phase of the project would hire the inspectors charged with testing the work on that segment. Critics, including a union that represents state engineers and some lawmakers, say that the arrangement could present a conflict of interest.
Rail| January 23, 2013

Amtrak, Calif. partner on HSR

Partnership advances each of their respective HSR programs, and could create efficiencies by ordering trains of similar specifications and develop a U.S. standard for HSR train equipment that can be manufactured and supplied domestically and produced for the rest of the world. An RFP could be issued by September, 2013 with an order placed during 2014.
Rail| January 8, 2013

Judge's decision to bolster Calif. high-speed rail project

The judgment means bidding and construction will move ahead as planned on the first phase of the 800-mile high-speed rail system set to connect the northern and southern parts of the state.
Rail| November 20, 2012

Judge rejects bid to halt Calif. high-speed rail project

Said the cost of delaying the project outweighed the risk to farmers and others along the route whose property would be affected.

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