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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