It's the biggest public works project in California history. KTTV Vice President and General Manager Kevin Hale looks at how the success or failure of High Speed Rail could be Governor Brown's legacy, in this POV.
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California's High-Speed Rail has really become a train to nowhere.
We recently reviewed some court documents that revealed top managers of California's high-speed rail project were concerned about project delays.
Delays that could threaten federal funding of the project and put taxpayers at risk for having to pay the money back.
One manager feared construction might not truly begin until 2014, putting it about a year and a half behind schedule.
Here's what he said:
"If it appears the construction timing cannot be met because of delays, it risks the entire funding."
When Fox asked the rail authority to explain that 2014 date, we were told we were wrong. But that same day, they filed an amendment to their declaration, now stating that:
"... Construction will not begin earlier than July of 2013."
Bottom line: they shaved off six months by changing the wording and crossing out 2014.
So what are they hiding?
Come clean, and let the truth be told.
Governor Brown, this project seems ill advised.
I think it's time to put the brakes on this project; scrap it all together or come up with a better plan that makes sense for California.
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