California High-Speed Rail Authority

12:51pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Transportation

California High-Speed Rail challenge will move forward

A sign protesting the high-speed rail in the Central Valley (via flickr user J. Stephen Conn)

The first stage of construction on California’s high-speed rail is set to begin this summer, but the legal challenges aren’t going away anytime soon. Last week, a judge ruled that a lawsuit filed by Central Valley residents of Kings County to block construction will move forward as planned.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority had been trying to get the Kings County lawsuit lumped together with a separate “validation” lawsuit, where anyone opposed to the project can sue the Authority in one giant case.

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12:38pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Transportation

California's high-speed rail gets first contractor

California's planned high-speed rail system (via flickr user Richard Masoner)

The first construction phase for California’s high-speed rail plan to link San Francisco and Los Angeles in under three hours has a builder. And the bid came in $200 million under expectations. 

The California High Speed Rail Authority has chosen the Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons joint venture as the winning bid for initial construction on the first 28-mile segment of the the line in California’s Central Valley between Madera and Fresno.

"Today is a significant milestone," Authority CEO Jeff Morales said in a statement. 

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