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California High Speed Rail Authority to Unveil New Business Plan

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 31, 2011

The California High Speed Rail Authority will release the plan its Chairman says will comprehensively address the future of the project.  It will also deal with costs and funding, including how much federal money can be expected.

Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani is a supporter but wants to know more about how it will coordinate with regional rail lines.

"Because Proposition 1A was about dedicated money for a full high speed rail but it also provided 950-million dollars for regional entities that would then connect into high speed rail as well…"

Critics of the High Speed Rail project have complained about growing costs and questioned its management.

In 2008 voters approved the nearly ten-billion dollar bond measure to help pay for the rail project that would eventually run from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area.  

After the business plan is released there will be a 60-day public comment period with construction scheduled to begin in Fresno next year.


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