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Red flags for high-speed rail

Red flags for high-speed rail

Did the California High-Speed Rail Authority downplay potential cost increases for the state's controversial bullet train? In a draft PowerPoint presentation dated October 2013, the agency's project management consultant estimated that the cost of the first phase of the line, from Burbank to Merced, could grow to about $36 billion. Yet the authority ended up putting a lower cost estimate in its official business plan released four months later, The Times recently reported.

The authority had rejected The Times' request under the California Public Records Act for a copy of the presentation. Only this week, after lawmakers called on Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to...