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The staff at the management consulting firm, for the fight, the California high-speed train project shut up was said “” and threatened with termination if they talked about the most expensive infrastructure project, according to a report this week.
“I was told to keep my mouth shut and say nothing,” Mark styles, who worked for WSP, said the Los Angeles Times. “To me, that I do not understand the political arena, the project was has been said in. I told you, I’m not going to keep my mouth shut. This is my job.”
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The times spoke with a half-dozen current and former high-ranking officials, who said, to punish the culture that is threatened, or to terminate, the employee, to explain the promotion of the company line, why the project is now more than 10 years, despite warnings about the risks and the money.
“If I change you to a lecture on a conference, I would not say they were in accordance with generally accepted project management principles” project controls coordinator Todd Bilstein, the outlet, told add, however, that the estimate of cost, planning, construction and management of the orders.
“The revelation of bad news was undesirable,” he added. “I just couldn’t continue to work. I don’t think it works that way. American professionals not work that way.”
A spokesperson for the WSP said the LA Times: “We always work carefully with our customers to assess the requirements of each project and the preparation of a realistic and transparent recommendations in terms of schedule and budget.”
The project aims at the production of a high-speed line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, was driven back by democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom last year in favor of a shorter line between the cities of Bakersfield and Merced. It also was hit by delays, repeated, with estimates suggesting it may not be completed until 2033.
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But despite the reduction, The California High-Speed Rail Authority last month, the cost for the completion of the project, pegged at $80.3 billion Euro in its design for the 2020 business-plan – $ 1.3 billion more than previously expected. The project was originally estimated to cost $33 billion. Bullet train planners had, was more and more under pressure to make progress on the system that, many believe, had no plausible way to live up to his goal, always the driver about the state in three hours or less.
But for the critics, has expenditure, to turn a symbol of the great state of generic. President Trump has the name of the entire high-speed rail project a “disaster” and called for the Sacramento return of the Fund, since the state by the Federal government.
“California was forced to cancel the massive bullet train project, after he turns spent and wasted many billions of dollars,” Trump tweeted in February. “You owe the Federal government for three and a half billion dollars. We want the money back now. The whole project is a “green” disaster!”
Brian Kelly, chief executive of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, told the Times that the Agency “takes seriously any claims of misconduct by an employee or contractor. We have collected the procedures for such a requirement and will be checked. We have the expectation that all employees act within the law and that our contractual partners comply with the requirements of state and Federal laws.”
California Assemblymember Jim Patterson — an opponent of the project — said KFBK that the Times report is further evidence of misconduct within the rail authority.
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“This is something that I think is so serious that it is out of the question crime provides Nelles behavior,” he said.
The current and former officials, who spoke to the times said that the current time plan, which requires, 119 miles of rail and a signal system in place by 2022, it is “impossible”. A more likely scenario is that you would have said that the construction is completed between 2025 and 2028 — that would force you to find the state, the new money or cut back on the project.
Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty, and Andrew O’reilly contributed to this report.