Gallery: California High-Speed Rail Project on Track to Begin Construct...


California’s high-speed rail project is ready to get moving, now that Surface Transportation Board voted 2-1 that the California High-Speed Rail Authority can begin construction without having to wait for federal review. The decision was made on Thursday to start work on a 65-mile stretch between Fresno and Merced. The ruling comes after substantial lobbying by advocates including California governor Jerry Brown, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, and labor unions that hope the project will bring jobs to the area. However, there were still those such as the Chowchilla Elementary School District, representatives of Kings County, and lawmakers from other states who held the view that government review was still necessary.

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