The new estimates show a cost of nearly 100-billion dollars-more than double the original price tag-- for the train that would eventually run from Los Angeles-Anaheim to the San Francisco Bay Area. High Speed Rail Authority member Dan Richard says alternatives could be more expensive.
"Those investments in mobility-- if we don't do high speed rail would require new airport gates, new runways, new roads. They could cost up to 170-billion dollars over the same time period…"
The High Speed Rail Authority says it is committed to starting construction in the Central Valley late next year. Board members say their plans also include working with existing regional rail lines.
Critics include G.O.P Senator Doug LaMalfa who says he will introduce a bill to have voters decide if they wish to continue with the project.