SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's high-speed rail authority changed its rules for selecting a company to build the system's first phase so equal weight was given to the cost of the bids and their technical rating, which includes safety and design quality.
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the process was changed without approval from the board that oversees the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
Authority spokesman Rob Wilcox says the bid changes have been posted publicly on the authority's website since July. He says all the bids were technically sound and that the change was made to get "a better quality product at a lower cost."
Officials last week chose a $985.1 million bid from a consortium led by Sylmar-based Tutor Perini as the top candidate to build the first 30-mile segment.