The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced on 24 February 2015 that it had reached a settlement agreement with Coffee-Brimhall LLC, a developer entity that owns land in Bakersfield, based on certain commitments by each party. This agreement will result in the dismissal of the second of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuits filed over the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Fresno to Bakersfield project section of the high-speed rail program. The first agreement between the City of Bakersfield and the Authority was reached in December 2014. Other CEQA suits against the Fresno to Bakersfield EIR/EIS remain pending.
“This second agreement is important in demonstrating the Authority’s commitment to continue working with stakeholders to resolve issues and move California’s high-speed rail program forward,” said Authority CEO Jeff Morales.