CA OKs Funds for Bullet Train With Shaky Future

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's governor is celebrating billions
of dollars in government funding for a high-speed train, but
construction is a long way off and could get bogged down by
lawsuits, environmental rules and political infighting.

Democrat Jerry Brown signed a bill in Los Angeles Wednesday that
allows California to claim $3.2 billion in federal funds for the
train that could eventually link San Francisco and Los Angeles.

That would pair with $2.6 billion in state dollars to build an
initial, 130-mile stretch in Central Valley farm country, far from
most of the population.

Brown was cheered by unionized construction workers who could
benefit from taxpayer-financed jobs.

Republicans promise to block future funding for the $68 billion
line, farm groups filed a lawsuit and the project could take years
to clear environmental hurdles.

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