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California pushes back high-speed rail construction deadline

California High Speed Rail
Posted at 9:56 AM, Feb 07, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is again pushing back the deadline and raising the cost for its high-speed rail project, this time asking the Biden administration for a one-year extension on completing a section of track in the Central Valley.

Brian Kelly, the project's chief executive officer, detailed changes to the project in a letter released Friday.

He says the pandemic delayed the project on various fronts and it will now take until 2023 to complete construction on a 119-mile segment of track in the Central Valley.

Some of the funding for the project is tied to a federal deadline of 2022.