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Focus A lot riding on California dream of high-speed rail

California is moving ahead with a massive high-speed rail project, with construction of the first link set to begin early next year. The project could put the state in the vanguard of a transportation revolution – but is it more a dream than reality?

By Daniel B. WoodStaff writer / August 21, 2012

California High-Speed Rail Authority/Reuters

California is moving ahead with the first link of its massive high-speed rail project, with construction set to begin early next year – even though not one state Republican lawmaker voted to fund it and despite several analyses warning of planning deficiencies.