September 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Experts say a bullet train linking Northern and Southern California will be an incredible engineering feat because the line must cross two mountain ranges and a half-dozen earthquake faults.
The Los Angeles Times says plans are under way for a 141-mile segment linking Bakersfield and Los Angeles. The exact route won't be chosen until next year but it could run through vast tunnels, delve through the Tehachapi and San Gabriel mountains, plunge 500 feet underground in some places and soar over canyons on viaducts 200 to 330 feet high.
The project is expected to initially link San Francisco and Los Angeles at a cost of $68 billion. Federal regulators have approved the first phase, a 65-mile stretch from Merced to Fresno, and construction is expected to begin next year.
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