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November 8, 2019

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Authority Completes Environmental Clearance into Bakersfield

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) issued the Record of Decision for the final 23-mile route between Shafter and Bakersfield in the Central Valley. This completes the state’s environmental review process between Fresno and Bakersfield and allows the Authority to move toward project construction into Bakersfield. This is the first major environmental action taken under the State’s newly granted federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and...

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November 6, 2019

PHOTO RELEASE: Economic Summit Visitors Attend High-Speed Rail Construction Tour in Central Valley

Today, Authority Board of Directors Chairman Lenny Mendonca and Central Valley Regional Director Diana Gomez led a tour of several active construction sites on the high-speed rail project for two dozen visitors in Fresno. Today marks the official kick-off of the three-day Economic Summit in Fresno, which will culminate in an appearance by Governor Newsom on November 8. More about this event is here: https://summit.caeconomy.org/ California high-speed rail project investments to date has made...

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November 4, 2019

NEWS RELEASE: Authority’s Small Business Team Hosts First Small Business Supportive Services Symposium

Small businesses flocked to the first Small Business Supportive Services Symposium hosted by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Over 100 people attended the event held at the Bitwise South Stadium business center in Fresno on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. The Authority’s Small Business Advocate Catrina Blair organized the event in response to small businesses who indicated they needed assistance with how they can be successful whether they’re working on or interested in...

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September 23, 2019

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Authority Releases 2019 Sustainability Report, Announces Top Sustainability Ranking for Project

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced the release of its 2019 Sustainability Report: Energizing Economic Revitalization. California’s high-speed rail project received 5 stars and is one of the top ranked sustainable rail infrastructure projects in North America, as evaluated by the GRESB Infrastructure Assessment, the leading benchmark for environmental, social and governance policies, practices, and performance of real estate and infrastructure investments...

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September 18, 2019

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Authority Board Adopts Preferred Alternatives in Northern California

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors concurred with staff recommendations for the Preferred Alternatives for the high-speed rail routes in Northern California. The Board’s concurrence comes after nearly a decade of analysis and active engagement with communities along the route. The staff released its recommendations in July and led a comprehensive outreach effort to provide the Board of Directors with feedback before...

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September 13, 2019

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail and LA Metro Announce Partnership to Advance LA Union Station Project

The California High-Speed Rail Authority today took another step forward in advancing work for Southern California’s Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS). Together with the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) an agreement was reached to steer more than $400 million in Proposition 1A funds towards the transformative Link Union Station (Link US) project. The Link US project will transform how the regional...

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September 11, 2019

NEWS RELEASE: California Issues First NEPA Action: Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Central Valley Wye

Taking the first significant action under NEPA Assignment, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is releasing a draft supplemental environmental impact statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) entitled “Merced to Fresno Section: Central Valley Wye Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement” (referred to below as “Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS”). The Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS is available for a...

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August 28, 2019

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Celebrates Creating 3,000 Construction Jobs

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has reached another historic milestone coinciding with the 125th anniversary of Labor Day - the creation of more than 3,000 jobs across 119 miles of construction in the Central Valley. In partnership with local trade unions, the State Building and Construction Trades Council and the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board, the Authority is proud to work alongside such skilled trades people including operating engineers, electricians,...

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August 15, 2019

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Authority and Kings County Reach Important Agreements

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and Kings County Board of Supervisors announced that they have signed three major agreements that will clear the way for substantial progress on California’s high-speed rail program in Kings County in the Central Valley. “Now is the time for Kings County to come together with the Authority to settle disputes and to signal a new phase of cooperation,” said Supervisor Doug Verboon. “With our agreements in place,...

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July 31, 2019

PHOTO RELEASE: Overpasses Open to Traffic on Avenue 8 and Avenue 11 in Madera County

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority and its design-build contractor Tutor-Perini/Zachry/Parsons (TPZP) opened two newly constructed overpasses on Avenue 8 and Avenue 11 in Madera County that allow traffic to travel over the high-speed rail system. This marks the first completed high-speed rail grade separations for Madera County. “The completion of this overcrossing is a great step forward toward a positive working relationship with High-Speed Rail and Madera...

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