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California development authority proposes privately funded maglev line

The Orangeline Development Authority plans to build a $19 billion, privately funded high-speed rail line between Irvine and Palmdale, Calif. The line could be completed as early as 2013.

Using magnetic levitation technology, trains would travel about 90 mph and up to 200 mph along the 108-mile route. Stations would be located about every six miles. The authority — which submitted its proposal to the Orange County Transportation Authority yesterday — projects the line would attract about 255,000 daily riders by 2027. The entire Irvine-to-Palmdale trip would take 70 minutes.

The Orangeline Development Authority currently comprises 14 of the 28 cities along the route and 21 private companies.

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