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Business Journal: High Speed Rail to Start in Central Valley



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, November 04, 2010

The California High Speed Rail Authority has determined the first line will be from Fresno to Bakersfield - or Fresno to Merced. The decision Thursday ends months of speculation about the first line, which was expected to likely connect San Jose to San Francisco. But it became a much easier decision for high-speed rail officials after several wealthy cities - including Atherton, Belmont, Menlo Park and Palo Alto - said high-speed trains would cause too much noise and visual pollution in their communities.

The High-Speed Rail Authority will choose one of the two Central Valley lines on Dec. 2nd, and that line will receive $4.3 billion in federal funding. When completed, the 800-mile, $43 billion high-speed rail network will connect Sacramento and the Bay Area to Southern California.
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