Authority: Five firms now qualified to bid on next phase of bullet train project

The California High-Speed Rail Authority announced today that five construction teams with international experience in developing high-speed rail programs have qualified to bid on Construction Package 4 (CP 4) — the next 22-mile phase of construction through the counties of Tulare and Kern and the cities of Wasco and Shafter. 

High-speed rail to host Fresno open house April 30

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is hosting an open house in Fresno April 30 to discuss the beginning of significant construction on the project.

Fresno cabbies still fuming over ride-sharing services

Representatives from half a dozen Fresno taxi companies meet regularly to discuss the problem of unregulated taxi services operating in Fresno. From left: Maricela (Taxi America), Mario Soto (Fresno Cab owner), Al Makki (Yellow Cab owner), Juan (Taxi Azteca owner), Cirano Armas (Taxi Yosemite owner), Manuel (Taxi America), Ranjit (ABC Cab) and Bony (owner Taxi Latino).Months after asking city officials to help even the playing field between ride-sharing services and traditional cab companies, Fresno taxi drivers say they have yet to see any changes.

Firm plans to build Kings County ‘Hyperloop’ starting next year

A five-mile "Hyperloop" test project is planned for Quay Valley, a new town proposed along Interstate 5 south of Kettleman City in Kings County.Construction is slated to begin next year on a five-mile test track for a “Hyperloop” transportation system in Kings County that promises to ferry passengers at speeds near 200 mph.

Caltrans to host statewide workshops

Caltrans will host seven public workshops and a webinar in March designed to gather public input on the draft California Transportation Plan (CTP).

FYI reports record passengers in '14

Fresno Yosemite International Airport saw a record number of arriving and departing passengers in 2014. 

Fresno Council of Governments to host final Ventura corridor meeting

The Fresno Council of Governments is hosting a community town hall meeting to present recommendations for a project to revitalize Ventura Avenue and Kings Canyon Road between First Street and Peach Avenue in Fresno.

Rail authority to buy 5,000 acres for mitigation

Property along the Kings River is among some 5,000 acres that the state's rail project authority plans to purchase of land mitigation purposes.The California High Speed Rail Authority plans to buy around 5,000 acres in the Central Valley as partial mitigation for ecologically sensitive habitat it will be buying in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties.

California to begin work on nation's first bullet train 

An artist's rendering shows a vehicle overpass over Shaw Avenue near Highway 99 for the high-speed rail project. Photo via California High Speed Rail Authority(AP) — California's high-speed rail project reaches a milestone Tuesday as officials mark the start of work on the nation's first bullet train, which is designed to whisk travelers at 200 mph between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.

Year in Review: Transportation

An artist's rendering shows the high-speed rail train traveling through Fresno. Work begins January 6, 2015Long mired in delays before judges and government boards, high-speed rail planners cheered victories this past year, even as opposition lingered.