California High-Speed Rail Allowed To Seize Parcels If Needed
Saturday, April 12, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A state board says the agency overseeing California's high-speed rail project can acquire four parcels in Fresno County through eminent domain if necessary.
The authority so far has approval to seize 14 properties if needed.
The board also agreed with the authority in identifying 144 parcels that are in the path of the Fresno-to-Bakersfield route. That allows the authority to begin environmental testing but not to make any purchase offers.
Rail authority spokeswoman Lisa Marie Alley says the agency has made offers to 202 property owners before starting construction of the first 30-mile section, from Madera to Fresno.