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September 2, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Celebrates 6,000 Construction Jobs While Helping Train for the Future

FRESNO, Calif. – In celebration of Labor Day, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today announced it has crossed another milestone with 6,000 construction jobs created to date across 119 miles of active construction in the Central Valley.

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August 19, 2021

News Release: Authority Board Approves High-Speed Rail Line Between Bakersfield and Palmdale

Los Angeles – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors today approved the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the approximately 80-mile Bakersfield to Palmdale project alignment section. The action paves the way for full California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) clearance of nearly 300 miles of the high-speed rail project’s 500-mile Phase 1 alignment from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim. The Board’s actions mark the first CEQA certification of an environmental document in the Southern California region.

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August 6, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Releases August 2021 Construction Update

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority released its August 2021 Construction Update highlighting the progress being made on the nation’s first high-speed rail project. Highlights include summer progress across all high-speed rail construction packages and engagement with Fresno stakeholders as we plan for the future Fresno high-speed rail station.

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July 16, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Welcomes Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Jim Costa to Central Valley Construction

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) welcomed United States Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Representative Jim Costa (D-Calif.) to high-speed rail construction during a trip through the Central Valley. Sen. Padilla and Rep. Costa toured the San Joaquin River Viaduct and Pergola — an award-winning structure spanning the San Joaquin River in north Fresno and the Union Pacific tracks parallel to State Route 99.

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July 12, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail, City of Palmdale Announce Partnership to Advance Palmdale Station Planning

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) took another step toward advancing work for the proposed high-speed rail station in downtown Palmdale. The Authority entered into an agreement this past week with the City of Palmdale to supply matching funds for a grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program. If awarded, the grant will support completion of the city’s Station Implementation Master Plan (Master Plan).

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June 25, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Passes Key Environmental Milestone in Southern California Region

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) released the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIR/EIS) for the approximately 80-mile Bakersfield to Palmdale project section of the California high-speed rail system, moving the Authority one step closer to approving its third environmental document in two years.

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June 11, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: California and Federal Government Reach Agreement – Nearly $1 Billion in Funding Returned to the High-Speed Rail Project

June 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the State of California finalized settlement negotiations to restore nearly a billion dollars in federal grant funding to California’s High-Speed Rail project. The action comes after months of negotiations to restore funding that was previously rescinded by the Trump Administration in 2019.

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May 27, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: San Joaquin River Viaduct Chosen as Structure Project of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority released its May 2021 Construction Update highlighting the progress being made on the nation’s first high-speed rail project.

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May 19, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Releases May 2021 Construction Update

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority released its May 2021 Construction Update highlighting the progress being made on the nation’s first high-speed rail project.

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