This is so predictable. California makes perky lowball estimates on massive projects only to find, quelle surprise, that reality does not agree with them.
“Shovel-ready” California high speed rail construction in the Central Valley has been delayed yet again. Seems that engineers somehow underestimated the technical challenges of the project, deep pockets ranchers are resisting having their land grabbed, and – I know you’ll be a shocked by this as I am – projected costs are rising sharply. Construction was supposed to start in 2012 and now won’t start until at least 2014.
The state needs hundreds of parcels of land to build the first 130 miles of rail bed from Madera to Bakersfield by 2017. So far, it has made 106 offers to buy land and has “taken possession” of one parcel.
Right of way access has not yet been negotiated with railways and environmental permits have yet to be issued. What a clown show.