A state appeals court has upheld a proposed route for California’s bullet train project connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley.
Suit says state agency downplays harmful environmental effects and exaggerates benefits.
Officials say they filed suit Friday in Sacramento County Superior Court over the environmental review for the Fresno to Bakersfield section approved last month.
He made a comment jokingly about why high-speed rail would be good for California. In a nutshell, he said it would get older drivers off the road.
The rail authority must acquire 381 Central Valley properties to build the initial 21-mile segment.
Federal transportation officials have extended the deadline that the California High-Speed Rail Authority has to start spending more state money on the project.
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday transferred a legal appeal over the state’s high-speed rail project to a state appellate court, declining to take up the case directly as Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration had requested.
California officials sought Wednesday to reassure congressional Republicans that the state will be able to match billions of dollars in federal funding for the state’s high-speed rail project, including a $180 million payment due in April.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to redirect $250 million from an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has renewed debate about the project.
Officials overseeing California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project have taken pains in recent weeks to assure the public that construction plans are moving ahead, characterizing a series of recent setbacks as “a bump in the road.”
A state board has given approval for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to start the process of seizing its first property through eminent domain.
The board that oversees California’s embattled $68 billion high-speed rail project is meeting to discuss how to respond to a series of legal setbacks to the project.