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The California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has had an up and down year.  They successfully awarded a $985 million design-build contract for a 29-mile section of track connecting Madera to Fresno.  The company that was awarded the contract expects to begin pre-construction work in August.  The CHSRA was also able to add more qualified individuals to its staff and filled all of their top positions.  Another highlight was reaching an agreement with local farmers to mitigate the impact of constructing the high speed rail project on agricultural operations. 

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  • Date occured Monday, 06 January 2014

The Cleveland National Forest Foundation, a small group of environmental advocates, filed a lawsuit against Caltrans on Wednesday over the plans to expand I-5 in the San Diego area.  The lawsuit claims the freeway expansion would lead to “an enormous surge in greenhouse gas emissions.”  Caltrans Final Environmental Impact Report, which was signed on October 23, 2013, states that the express lanes expansion project is the best way to serve the 300,000 daily trips along the freeway by 2030 as it has the least impact on natural resources, requires fewest property relocations, and has the lowest construction costs. 

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The federal Surface Transportation Board rejected the California High Speed Rail Authority’s approval request for a 114-mile section of the rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield on Wednesday.  The board is demanding an extensive environmental review before the approval will be granted.  Currently, only 28 miles of the track have environmental approval.  Officials from the rail authority are brushing off the ruling as nothing more than a minor setback and that the media is misreporting its significance. However, others see it as another major delay in an already over-budget and slow moving project.

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