California Bullet Train Way Behind Schedule

Monday, 12 Aug 2013 02:12 PM

By Lisa Barron

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The start of construction on California's bullet train, a supposedly "shovel ready" public works project that drew federal stimulus money three years ago, could be delayed again until 2014.

Construction on the first 130 miles of rail bed was scheduled to begin in 2012, but was put off until this year, when officials first said groundbreaking on the massive network would take place in the spring and then changed that to July. Now, it may not start until 2014, reports The Los Angeles Times.

Ron Tutor, chief executive of Tutor Perini, the firm chosen to build the first phase of the $68 billion project stretching north from Fresno, told the newspaper: "The way I see it, the earliest any real construction can start, other than demolition or clearing, is after the first of the year. We will have to complete design work and get permits."

New Medicare Warning: Obamacare Rule Changes Coming

According to the Times, as of last Friday, the firm, which is supposed to build the initial 29 miles of the system by 2017 for $985 million, is still waiting for a formal contract from the state.

Experts say the postponement indicates that state officials underestimated the challenges of building the high-speed rail, and increases the risk of future cost hikes.

"It is not as shovel-ready as they thought it was," Bill Ibbs, a civil engineering professor at University of California at Berkeley, told the Times. "The construction industry is starting to heat up, and, as it does, it is harder to get qualified people, and material costs increase."

Under federal agreements, the state has to spend all of the stimulus funding and matching amount of state funds by October 2017.

If construction starts Jan. 1, 2014, the federal deadline would require spending roughly $3.75 million a day, including weekends and holidays, reportedly one of the fastest rates of spending on a major construction project in U.S. history.







© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds State's Voter ID Law

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 09:09 AM

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a state law on Thursday requiring voters to have identification to cast a ballot, acc . . .

Jobless Aid Applications Rise to 302,000

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 08:48 AM

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels. . . .

Family Members of Victims Want Boehner to Come to Border

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 08:47 AM

More than a dozen family members of crime victims of illegal aliens penned a letter to House Speaker John Boehner Wednes . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved