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High Speed Rail Authority Awards $1 Billion Contract

California High-Speed Rail

A rendering of the planned bullet train passing by Sacramento.

California High-Speed Rail

California’s High-Speed Rail Authority has awarded a nearly $1 billion contract to Southern California based Tutor Perini. The company will be responsible for preparing the first 30 miles of land on which rail track will eventually be laid. The entire project is expected to cover 800 miles throughout California. Construction on the first phase is set to begin this summer in Merced.

 Tutor Perini presented the lowest bid of five companies competing for the contract. But it also received the lowest technical rating by state rail officials. Despite that low rating the Rail Authority board approved Tutor Perini with a unanimous six to nothing vote.

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Katie Orr

State Government Reporter

Katie Orr covers everything from the Governor to state agencies. She received her Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University. In her spare time Katie enjoys wine tasting and shopping, though she tries not to combine the two.   Read Full Bio