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.
Court rulings this week cast doubt over the future of California’s $68 billion high-speed rail plan and serve as a reminder of the biggest question facing the project: Where will the money come from to complete it?
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge is blocking the sale of bonds to build California’s bullet train and has rejected the state’s funding plan, jeopardizing the future of the project.
The high-speed rail business plan says trains will run between the greater Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay Area by 2029.
Board members unanimously approved a 3 percent raise for CEO Jeff Morales at their meeting Tuesday in Sacramento. That amounts to about $11,000 a year.
A woman who embezzled $320,000 from the California Department of Child Support Services was later hired by the state’s High-Speed Rail Authority.
Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that a judge’s ruling that California’s $68 billion high-speed rail plan has not followed the terms approved by voters will not stop construction of the project, which is among his top priorities.
Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny said the California High-Speed Rail Authority “abused its discretion by approving a funding plan that did not comply with the requirements of the law.”
Two Republican lawmakers from the Central Valley want the state auditor to review the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s moves to buy up land for the $68 billion project.
The Surface Transportation Board ruled Thursday that the California project could start building the first 65 miles of the project from Merced to Fresno, as planned.
The board overseeing California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project is set to approve a contract to start the first construction work for a bullet train in the Central Valley at its meeting Thursday in Sacramento.
Proposition 1A, the ballot initiative voters approved in 2008, required the California High-Speed Rail Authority to identify funding for the entire first segment of the now-$68 billion rail plan and clear all environmental hurdles before starting construction.