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New Business Plan Reveals A More Distant, Expensive High-Speed Rail Dream

Mar 13, 2018

Last week news broke that California’s High-Speed Rail Authority is facing another setback - increased costs and a delayed timeline as indicated in the authority's new 2018 Draft Business Plan. The effort to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco with bullet train running through the Central Valley will now cost over $77 billion. On top of that, phase one of the project will not be fully operational until the year 2033. That’s 25 years after California voters first approved spending bond funds on the rail line. To learn more about the new plan we spoke with The Fresno Bee's Tim Sheehan, one of the state's leading reporters on high-speed rail.