Sacramento, CA – A settlement agreement with the City of Bakersfield has derailed one of seven environmental lawsuits facing the $68 billion bullet train.
California High-Speed Rail Authority officials say the settlement will result in the dismissal of the litigation over the Final Environmental Impact Report and statement for the Fresno to Bakersfield section of the rail project.
“This agreement represents our shared commitment to continue working together to resolve issues in a constructive manner,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of the Authority. “Our goal is to maximize the benefits of high-speed rail in Bakersfield and minimize impacts to the community.”
The settlement includes officials considering alternate routes through the Kern County city, and a new location for a Bakersfield train station depending on what route is chosen.