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Kopp to join California High Speed Rail Authority

Yesterday, the California Senate Rules Committee and Senate Pro Tem Don Perata named Quentin Kopp to the California High Speed Rail Authority.

Currently a member of the California assigned judges program, Kopp previously served the San Mateo Superior Court from 1999 to 2005. While serving the state Senate between 1986 and 1998, he chaired the Senate Transportation Committee and wrote legislation that authorized studying the feasibility of creating a high-speed train system and forming the high-speed rail authority.

The authority has proposed a $10 billion project that calls for building a 700-mile statewide high-speed rail system serving Sacramento, the San Francisco bay area, Central Valley and Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego. Trains would travel up to 220 mph and make the trip between San Diego and L.A. in 75 minutes, and San Francisco and Los Angeles in about 150 minutes

Meanwhile, Sen. Dean Florez last week introduced a resolution to create a joint committee on high speed trains in the California legislature

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