Tunnel could boost California high-speed rail cost

By Wayne Lusvardi | Cal Watchdog

The cost of the high-speed rail project might be going above the current estimate of $68 billion.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently announced a strategic shift to consider an alternative for its 40-mile Palmdale-to-Burbank link. Instead of the current plan of running it parallel to the Palmdale Freeway, the new line would run through a tunnel under the San Gabriel Mountains.

According to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who has advanced the idea, the tunnel would be about 15 miles long.

The CHSRA told CalWatchDog.com that it did not yet have estimates on the tunnels’ cost.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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