First leg of Calif. high-speed rail approved
A 65-mile section of track from Merced to Fresno has been approved by the US Federal Railroad Administration. California's new high speed rail system will eventually cover 800 miles.
The initial segment of California's ambitious $68 billion high speed rail project won the approval of the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration on Wednesday, clearing the way for construction to begin in 2013.Skip to next paragraph
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"We are now poised to move forward and break ground next year," Jeff Morales, CEO of theCalifornia High-Speed Rail Authority, said in a statement, adding that the project would invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail systems.