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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 The action comes after months of negotiations to restore funding that was previously rescinded by the Trump Administration in 2019.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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April 22, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: California High-Speed Rail Marks Earth Day 2021 By Moving Toward Greener Construction

The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors adopted the Revised 2020 Business Plan today, reaffirming the Authority’s commitment to deliver a 171-mile Merced-Fresno-Bakersfield interim electrified service line in California’s Central Valley. “The strategy outlined in this plan presents a clear path toward completing construction in the Central Valley,” said Authority CEO Brian Kelly. “We are committed to continued progress as an organization and..

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March 25, 2021

NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors Adopts 2020 Business Plan

The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors adopted the Revised 2020 Business Plan today, reaffirming the Authority’s commitment to deliver a 171-mile Merced-Fresno-Bakersfield interim electrified service line in California’s Central Valley. “The strategy outlined in this plan presents a clear path toward completing construction in the Central Valley,” said Authority CEO Brian Kelly. “We are committed to continued progress as an organization and..

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March 16, 2021

VIDEO RELEASE: High-Speed Rail Releases March 2021 Construction Update

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) released its March 2021 Construction Update highlighting ongoing progress on the nation’s first high-speed rail project. To date, the project has created of more than 5,500 construction jobs since the start of construction in the Central Valley, with more than 35 construction sites active today along the first 119 miles under construction.Highlights in the video below include the completion of the San Joaquin River Viaduct which...

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