Lawmakers to discuss future of California high-speed rail
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are preparing to discuss the future of high-speed rail for the first time since Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested changes to the project.
The Senate Transportation Committee will hold a Tuesday hearing on the $77 billion project to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The project has faced numerous delays and cost overruns since voters approved it in 2008. A 119-mile segment of track is currently under construction in the Central Valley. Newsom has said he wants to focus on completing an even longer track in the Central Valley before moving ahead with the rest of the line.
Rail officials will share more details with lawmakers on May 1.
But lawmakers say they don’t want to wait to begin discussions about the project’s future.