Senate Budget Subcommittee Approves $45.2 Million for High-Speed Rail

A Senate subcommittee has approved a 45.2 million dollar budget for California's high-speed rail project.

That would give the state's high-speed rail board 40 million more than Governor Schwarzenegger proposed but less than half the funding the board requested.

The board's executive director says the amount authorized by the subcommittee wouldn't leave any money to purchase right of way, but
would allow the board to do some of the engineering and environmental work planned for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.

The board is recommending that California build a 40-billion dollar, 700-mile high-speed rail system connecting California's major cities with trains running at top speeds of more than 200 miles an hour.

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