Price rises, again, for California high-speed rail


The cost of building the long-delayed California high-speed rail line has risen again.

Now the line could cost up to $105 billion to complete, $5 billion more than what railroad officials said it would cost to build two years ago, according to The Associated Press.

The increase stems, in part, from new commitments to minimize community disruption, such as creating better noise barriers and moving train tracks away from the Cesar E. Chavel National Monument outside of Bakersfield, the point added. of sale.


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The price of the 220-mile high-speed rail system has risen multiple times since Californians voted to approve about $10 billion in bonds for the project in 2008. At the time, railroad officials said said the total cost of building the rail system that, when completed, will link six of the state’s 10 largest cities would cost $42 billion, according to SF gate.

Construction has begun on the part of the railway that crosses the Central Valley, but according to the AP, no leads have yet been laid.

Progress on the railroad was long delayed due to concerns about the project from cities, counties and utilities.

So far, the California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority has obtained environmental clearance for 300 miles of the railroad to be built and hopes to receive clearance for 430 miles of the 500 miles needed for Phase 1 of the rail system. here July, according to the updated business plan recently released by the project.

Officials are supposed to release a business plan on the railway every two years, but the 2020 business plan was released a year late due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this plan says. year.

Phase 1 of the railroad would run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles Basin in less than three hours and cover 520 miles while Phase 2 refers to future plans to extend the line to Sacramento and San Diego, according to California. High-Speed ​​Railway Authority. website.

High-speed rail travel tends to be more environmentally friendly than car or air travel. High-speed trains have been shown to “improve quality of life, reduce air pollution and traffic congestion”, according to Yale Environment 360.


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