I have just read that the contract for building the slow-speed train from Madera to Fresno was awarded to Tutor-Perini, a company controlled by Richard Blum (Sen. Diane Feinstein’s husband) by Gov. Brown.
Wouldn’t you know it? The low bid was $985,142,530, about $35 million per mile. Read that part again. That works out to about 28 miles of track. This does not include any rolling stock or electrifying the route. If there is any land to buy, it does not include that either, so you can see that figure is going to go up, up and up.
And we have three county supervisors who think this a good thing. The newest board member was appointed by Gov. Brown for one reason and one reason only, and that was to push this high-speed rail through Madera County.
I also heard on the news that one landowner in the Fresno area has just received his offer. The Rail Authority has supposedly sent out five to 10 letters but they won’t say who they went to. Stay tuned.