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Another price hike for CA bullet train, plus potential downsizing of Delta tunnels




Governor of California Jerry Brown speaks during a panel conference at the One Planet Summit on December 12, 2017, at La Seine Musicale venue on l'ile Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt, west of Paris.
Governor of California Jerry Brown speaks during a panel conference at the One Planet Summit on December 12, 2017, at La Seine Musicale venue on l'ile Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt, west of Paris.
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On Tuesday, it was announced that Gov. Jerry Brown’s bullet train project will cost $10.6 billion – that’s an increase of about $2.8 billion from what’s in the current budget.

The price of acquiring the land needed for the project, moving utility systems and installing the needed safety measures are all on the list of issues which drove the price increase for the train. That means the California High Speed Rail Authority may need to go back to the Legislature for more funding, and it’s unclear what this means for the project.

Meanwhile, potential changes are portended for Brown’s Delta tunnels project. Last week, California officials told potential contractors that the project may be downsized from two tunnels to one.

We get the latest on these California developments.

Guests:

Ralph Vartabedian, L.A. Times national correspondent; he has been following this story; he tweets @RVartabedian

Dale Kasler, covering water and the environment for the Sacramento Bee; he’s been following this story; he tweets @dakasler