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DOT rejects proposed changes to California high-speed rail project

(The following appeared on the Los Angeles Times website on May 25, 2011.)

LOS ANGELES — Rejecting the recommendations of a recent state report, federal officials said Wednesday they cannot postpone the deadline to start construction of California's $43-billion bullet train project or allow the state to move the first leg of the proposed system out of the Central Valley.

U.S. Department of Transportation officials said the 2012 deadline is required by federal legislation that provided about $3.1 billion in funding for the project's initial leg, which, they added, was placed in the state's agricultural heartland after considerable study.

Full story: Los Angeles Times

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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