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  • Bus riders' high hopes turn to horror

    Bus riders' high hopes turn to horror
    ORLAND, Calif. — When they climbed on board the bus, most were strangers. Not friends, nor classmates.
  • Bullet train construction delayed once again

    The start of construction on California's bullet train, one of the nation's largest "shovel ready" public work projects that was awarded stimulus funding three years ago by the Obama administration, is slipping past already-delayed target dates,...

    Bullet train's risk of cost overruns reduced, rail chief says

    Bullet train's risk of cost overruns reduced, rail chief says
    Dan Richard, chairman of the California high-speed rail authority, said Wednesday at a congressional hearing in Madera that the agency had reduced the risk of future cost overruns, but the project's price tag could increase in the future. "I am not...

    Builder of 1st phase of California's bullet train faces scrutiny

    Builder of 1st phase of California's bullet train faces scrutiny
    The state bullet train agency is pushing full throttle to start construction of the important first phase of the California high-speed rail system in as little as six weeks, prompting scrutiny of the state's selection of a construction company with the...

    High-speed rail authority defends bullet train bidding criteria

    High-speed rail authority defends bullet train bidding criteria
    The California bullet train agency on Thursday defended its bidding criteria for selecting the winner for its first construction contract, saying that the process held down prices and was handled properly. The California High-Speed Rail Authority has...