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Calif. voters OK $10B bond for high-speed rail

(The Associated Press circulated the following story by Don Thompson on November 5.)

LOS ANGELES California voters have narrowly approved a $10 billion bond to start building a bullet train system throughout the state.

The rail line would carry passengers at 200 mph to Anaheim, Los Angeles, Fresno and San Francisco. Planners eventually want an 800-mile system that would also include Sacramento, San Diego and Oakland.

The measure won even as California voters rejected most other initiatives with large price tags. Backers sold the proposal as an alternative to soaring air fares and long airport waits.

It had been on the ballot twice before but was removed both times by the Legislature.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

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