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Contractor: California high-speed rail delays 'beyond comprehension'

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 12:29:32-05

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) — A letter from a major contractor blames the state for delays in building California’s bullet train.

The letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times contradicts state claims that the rail line’s construction pace is on target. It alleges the high-speed rail project faces multiple problems — including continuing delays in obtaining land and a failure to finalize deals with utilities and freight railroads.

Construction giant Tutor Perini says in the letter that the delays will result in layoffs.

The rail authority says it will evaluate the letter and provide a response — including an articulation of where it feels the contractor’s claims are mistaken.