The estimated cost to complete California’s high-speed rail line rose another $1.3 billion, to $80.3 billion.
The agency blamed inflationary increases and better cost projections for a $1.3 billion boost that still is smaller than in previous years.
The plan calls for expanding to 171 miles (275 kilometers) connecting Merced, Fresno and Bakersfield, which it calls “three of the fastest growing areas in California.” It calls for testing electrified high-speed trains by 2025 and put those trains in service by 2028-29. From Merced, passengers could connect to existing rail services to the San Francisco Bay Area.
The new plan continues to project that the entire San Francisco to Los Angeles route will be running by 2033 — a quarter-century after California voters first approved it — “assuming funding is available when needed.”