California lawmakers to scrutinize new bullet-train plans

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers will have their first chance to critique the officials in charge of California's $64 billion high-speed rail project over a new business plan.

The Assembly Transportation Committee will hold a hearing Monday at the state Capitol to review the new business plan. It calls for overhauling its proposed route to build the first 250-mile segment from the rural town of Shafter to San Jose.

The first leg would begin operating in 2025, about three years later than previously planned.

The new route is an acknowledgement of the logistical and financial problems that have plagued the project. It still lacks funding to build a 520-mile system that voters were promised in 2008.