California analyst: High-speed rail lacks spending details

Mar 17, 2016 8:07 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's independent legislative analyst says a new $64 billion high-speed rail business plan lacks important details.

The Legislative Analyst's Office on Thursday said lawmakers should require more detailed planning on the cost, scope and schedule of each high-speed rail segment. It says the project's business plans are hard to compare.

It questions the proposed rural end-point for the first segment north of Bakersfield.

Analysts say the rail authority's new plan to first build north to the San Francisco Bay Area instead of to Southern California makes some sense.

With future funding uncertain, officials last month called for building the first 250-mile segment from north of Bakersfield to San Jose. It would begin operating in 2025 - three years later and 50 miles shorter than going to the San Fernando Valley.ok

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