“If you thought that Caltrans and the Bay Bridge were terrible, just wait to see how bad high-speed rail is going to be..." - Senator John Moorlach
Los Angeles Times
By Ralph Vartabedian
August 8, 2016 [Excerpts]
"Relocation of Highway 99 in Fresno, a key part of the bullet train project, is over budget, behind schedule and will cost millions of dollars more to complete, officials said Monday."
"The highway project would move a 2.5-mile stretch of the roadway, the principal commercial artery of the Central Valley, to make room for high-speed rail tracks through Fresno. The project currently is running 15% over budget and has fallen about six months behind schedule."
"The California High-Speed Rail Authority is planning Tuesday to seek a $35-million increase in state funding from the original $226 million, which was granted to Caltrans in 2013."