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.
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.