LAO Highly Critical of High Speed Rail Project, Report Says Project Should Be Overhauled

It’s only Tuesday but it’s already been a roller coaster of a week for California’s high-speed rail project. Yesterday, the U.S Department of Transportation announced it would give California $300 million dollars for the project, after Florida rejected that funding.

Today, the Legislative Analyst Office released a report that’s highly critical of the project. The independent analyst calls for major changes to California’s plan, including delaying the fast-tracked project and taking control away from the independent board that now oversees that project and shifting that control to the Department of Transportation. The report says a number of problems – from lack of funding to a lack of basic information – threaten the project’s success.

Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers is working his way though the report right now and will have updates on our air this afternoon.

Read the full report here.

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Kelly Wilkinson

Kelly Wilkinson is a radio journalist living in San Francisco. You can hear her reporting frequently on KQED FM and The California Report. In addition to covering California and Bay Area news, Kelly writes the (mostly) crafty blog Make Grow Gather. There she chronicles her love of making things like lemon curd from foraged fruit, spray-painted lampshades and cut felt placemats. The projects she creates are regularly picked up by national websites and magazines. Kelly grew up in a renovated barn in Virginia and is constantly trying to bring a little bit of her rural upbringing to her now-urban life. By day, she catches the N-Judah out the front door. By weekend, she tends bees and grows vegetables in the backyard.

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