California high-speed rail officials are recommending a new route for the second leg of the bullet train south of Fresno.

Rail authority officials said the board will consider a staff proposal next week to adopt the so-called "Hanford East'' alignment for a 114-mile stretch from Fresno to Bakersfield.

The eastern alignment would send trains between Hanford and Visalia, then veer west along an existing freight rail corridor.

Rail officials previously recommended that the bullet train go west of Hanford, but CEO Jeff Morales says the eastern route would do less harm to the environment.