Bullet train construction postponed
August 12, 2013
This state’s planned bullet train construction is being delayed… again. (Lodi News)
Officials originally said construction would begin early this year, but now it appears the huge construction project might not get under way until next year.
Among the problems plaguing the project are a lack of federal permits and a construction company to lead the $68 billion project.
“It is not as shovel-ready as they thought it was,” Bill Ibbs, a civil engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told reporters.
Ibbs is a consultant on high-speed rail projects worldwide. “The construction industry is starting to heat up, and, as it does, it is harder to get qualified people, and material costs increase,” he said.
The bullet train agency is badly understaffed, according to state watchdog agencies, and lack the resources to manage the complex undertaking.
Purchase of property rights-of-way have not yet been completed yet, and many landowners in the area have vowed to fight any effort to take their property.
Federal deadlines established will require builders to expend $3.75 million daily on the construction — one of the fastest rates of spending in U.S. history.