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California high-speed authority OKs environmental report


Yesterday, the California High Speed Rail Authority approved the first-ever final environmental impact report for a U.S. high-speed rail system.

The $10 billion project 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.

The system is expected to carry 68 million passengers annually by 2020.

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