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November 17, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Authority Recognized as Employer of Year by Organization Advancing Women in Transportation

LOS ANGELES – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has been named the 2022 Employer of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar – Los Angeles chapter (WTS-LA). The annual award recognizes the Authority for its commitment to excellence, record of diversity in hiring and promotion, support of continuing education and professional development for employees.

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November 1, 2022

VIDEO RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Releases Fall 2022 Construction Update

FRESNO, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority today released its Fall 2022 Construction Update highlighting continued progress on the nation’s first high-speed rail project. Highlights include recent milestones, such as the completion of three high-speed rail grade separations. The video also includes new drone footage and updates across all Central Valley high-speed rail construction packages. 

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October 26, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Authority to Restructure Track and Systems Procurement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After careful consideration and given the current economic climate, supply-chain challenges, and 40-year high inflation, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has determined it is not in the State’s best interest to extend the time for the Track and Systems procurement in its current form.

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October 20, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Board Awards Design Contract for Central Valley Stations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority) Board of Directors today approved awarding the design and support services contract for the Merced, Fresno, Kings/Tulare and Bakersfield stations that will serve high-speed rail passengers on the initial 171-mile segment. “The first four Central Valley high-speed rail stations are one step closer to reality,” said Authority Chairman Tom Richards. “High-speed rail stations will transform cities, spur economic development and create community hubs within the heart of our state.”

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October 18, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Authority Releases 2022 Sustainability Report

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As California leads the way on the innovative advancement of clean, sustainable transportation, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today released its latest Sustainability Report detailing how this first-in-the-nation system serves as the backbone of the state’s ambitious climate goals. “We are building momentum on a modern passenger rail service and advancing the largest, greenest infrastructure project in the country,” said Authority CEO Brian Kelly. “This project serves as the zero-emission spine for California’s transportation system. We’re proud of the work being done to improve geographic equity and connect economies for this and future generations.”

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October 12, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Completes Second Structure in Kings County

KINGS COUNTY, Calif. – Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), in collaboration with Dragados-Flatiron Joint Venture, announced the completion of the Kent Avenue Grade Separation, the second completed high-speed rail structure in Kings County within the last month. The overpass is now open to traffic.

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October 11, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Applies for Millions in New Federal Funds to Advance Construction Toward Bakersfield

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) applied for new federal funding to expedite important safety improvements along the rail line in the Central Valley. The Authority is applying for $67 million in grant funding for improvements to six current railroad grade crossings in Shafter, California.

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September 27, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Extends Public Comment Period for Palmdale to Burbank Project Section

LOS ANGELES – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is extending the public review period for the Palmdale to Burbank Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) an additional 30 days to Dec. 1, 2022. The draft environmental document for the more than 30-mile segment connecting the Antelope Valley to the San Fernando Valley has been available to the public since Sept. 2, 2022. The Authority provided more than the legally required review period upon its release to allow for more time to review the document. The law requires a minimum of 45 days for public comment.

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September 15, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Completes First Structure in Kings County

KINGS COUNTY, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), in collaboration with Dragados-Flatiron Joint Venture, today announced the opening of the Jackson Avenue Grade Separation, the first completed high-speed rail structure in Kings County. The new overcrossing is located between State Route 43 and Seventh Avenue, south of the city of Hanford. It is 212 feet long, 35 feet wide and takes traffic over the future high-speed rail tracks.

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September 7, 2022

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Releases Draft Environmental Document for Palmdale to Burbank Section

LOS ANGELES – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has released the draft environmental document for the more than 30-mile segment between Palmdale and Burbank in Southern California. “The release of this draft environmental document underscores the momentum taking place with this transformational project,” said Southern California Regional Director LaDonna DiCamillo.

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