Transparency & Accountability

Welcome to the Authority’s Transparency & Accountability webpage.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is committed to transparency and accountability. We understand the importance of keeping the public informed about the work we are doing to deliver high-speed rail and how we are conducting this work on behalf of the citizens of California.

Many documents and reports are currently available on our website to keep the public informed about the project, such as construction updates, contracts, small business and jobs reports, factsheets and other information. Some meet requirements established by the California Legislature or by the federal government, such as the 2018 Business Plan. Some provide information on our funding agreements and our funding plans. Additional financial and program delivery information can be found in documents provided to the Board of Director's Finance and Audit Committee as well as to the full Board's deliberations and decisions.

Recently, Governor Gavin Newsom directed us to take steps to provide an even greater degree of transparency for the citizens of California. Our Board of Directors fully supports his request and we are taking the first steps to fulfill that commitment by creating this Transparency & Accountability webpage. Our goal is to provide the public with easy access to key documents including those that are most current.

Today you can see our new format for summarizing the Central Valley design build construction package change orders. We will continue to add information to this table in the coming weeks. If you would like to request additional documentation associated with this information, the Authority encourages written requests submitted via our Public Records Portal.

This webpage will be updated on a regular basis.

We believe it will be easier to understand and more informative, and we would appreciate your feedback on how we can make this information more useful going forward. If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact us at

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What is a change order?

Change orders are common to most projects and very common on larger projects. A change order is work that is added to or deleted from the original scope of work of a contract which alters the original contract amount and/or completion date.



Transparency & Accountability
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