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September 14, 2018

High-Speed Rail Authority Names Director of Real Property

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today announced the appointment of Donald Odell as the Director of Real Property. “Don’s appointment to this position ensures that we continue our forward momentum in the acquisition of right of way for the high-speed rail program,” said Authority CEO Brian Kelly. “He has tremendous knowledge in this field and his experience to date is essential to the program’s success.” This...

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August 17, 2018

High-Speed Rail Authority Names Northern California Regional Director

SACRAMENTO, Calif.– The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today announced the appointment of Boris Lipkin as the Northern California Regional Director. “Boris’s appointment to this position continues the excellent work he has done as the Acting Northern California Regional Director to prepare us for future Silicon Valley to Central Valley high-speed rail service,” said Authority CEO Brian Kelly. “His experience with the high-speed rail program...

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August 16, 2018

High-Speed Rail Continues to Lead California and the Nation in Building a Clean and Green Transportation System

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) issued its annual Sustainability Report, which details how the Authority is already putting sustainability into action. The report updates the progress made in 2017 and the results of our comprehensive approach to designing, constructing and operating high-speed rail in a sustainable manner. The report highlights accomplishments in each aspect of the Authority’s Sustainability Framework. "Our goal is to...

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August 13, 2018

Watch for Truck Hauling on State Route 43 in Kings County

KINGS COUNTY, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) want to remind the public to use caution and avoid passing heavy trucks on State Route 43 (SR 43), as construction for high-speed rail and local harvest season is in full swing. Drivers should plan accordingly, and please add at least 20 extra minutes to your drive-time while using the busy two-lane highway. Heavy vehicles hauling fill-dirt for...

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June 18, 2018

Cross Valley Corridor Plan Approved With Connection to Kings/Tulare High-Speed Rail Station

DINUBA, Calif. – Today, the Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) Board voted to approve the Cross Valley Corridor Plan that will serve as a vision plan to improve transportation connections and guide future development of the Central San Joaquin Valley. The plan focuses on an existing rail corridor between the cities of Huron and Porterville, with direct and convenient access to the Kings/Tulare high-speed rail station. “This plan represents an opportunity to transform...

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May 31, 2018

2,000 Construction Jobs Created on the High-Speed Rail Project

FRESNO, Calif. – Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) was joined by workers representing multiple local union halls to announce that more than 2,000 construction jobs have been created since the start of the high-speed rail project. Strong partnerships have been made with the State Building and Construction Trades Council, the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board and many other groups to train and hire a skilled workforce to build the nation’s...

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May 29, 2018

High-Speed Rail and Tree Fresno Begin Tree Planting Program at West Fresno Middle School

FRESNO, Calif. – On Tuesday, May 29, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and Tree Fresno began the first phase of tree planting at West Fresno Middle School. Nearly 200 trees were planted by volunteers and students. The trees are the first part of the Authority’s effort to offset greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) associated with high-speed rail construction and achieve the Authority’s goal of zero net direct GHG emissions from construction. The...

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May 10, 2018

City of Bakersfield Approves Vision Plan for Downtown Bakersfield and High-Speed Rail Station

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Bakersfield City Council voted yesterday to approve the “Making Downtown Bakersfield” Station Area Vision Plan and Environmental Impact Report that will serve as a plan to continue revitalization efforts and guide future development of Downtown Bakersfield. The City of Bakersfield, in partnership with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, launched a station-planning and community engagement campaign in 2015 to hear from local residents and...

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May 2, 2018

High-Speed Rail Authority Announces Agreement with L.A. Metro for Major SoCal Grade Separation Project

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) announced the approval of a joint funding agreement that allocates $76.7 million in Proposition 1A bond funds toward the Rosecrans Avenue/Marquardt Avenue Grade Separation Project in the City of Santa Fe Springs. This contribution will be matched by other local funding sources to complete the $155.3 million project. The...

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March 15, 2018

PHOTO RELEASE: Heavy Construction Starts in Kern County for Construction Package 4

KERN COUNTY, Calif.-- This week, construction crews are beginning foundation work for a bridge that will carry high-speed trains over Garces Highway in Kern County – marking the first significant construction activity for Construction Package 4 (CP 4). Drill rigs and heavy machinery have been mobilized to the site at Garces Highway near Scofield Avenue where workers have begun drilling shafts 80-feet into the ground. Rebar cages are also being lowered into the shafts and covered with...

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