Posted January 17, 2018

California bullet train project hits more speed bumps

Cost climbs by $2.8 billion for the first phase alone, total cost now tops $67 billion.

The estimated cost for the first phase of California's bullet train climbed by 35 percent on Tuesday to $10.6 billion, the latest increase for the ambitious project to run a high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The $2.8 billion price hike for a 119-mile (191-kilometer) segment in the Central Valley puts the entire cost of the project at roughly $67 billion, although officials said they hope to recover the newly announced costs later. It was projected to cost $40 billion in 2008 when voters approved bond financing.

"I want the public to count on us to tell the truth, whether it's good, bad or ugly," said Dan Richard, chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority's board. "We're going to do every single thing in our power to drive these costs down."

Some of the fresh costs stem from trouble acquiring the rights of way for the track in the Central Valley. 

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Source: KABC Los Angeles;