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California Breaks Ground on America’s First High Speed Rail

California Breaks Ground on America’s First High Speed Rail
California Breaks Ground on America’s First High Speed Rail, Proposed Statewide Alignment Map. Image Courtesy of Rail LA
Proposed Statewide Alignment Map. Image Courtesy of Rail LA

California has broke ground on America’s first high-speed rail line in Fresno, six years after voters first approved an almost $10 billion bond act to fund the project. However, along with celebrations comes skepticism; according to an NPR report, fears of the project’s failure have risen due to the rail line only having a fifth of its funding and that its nearly three-hour journey will still take longer than a flight connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco. Despite this, supporters are optimistic that the line will be up and running by 2030. The state will be relying on private investment and revenue from the state’s greenhouse-gas fees to secure the remaining $55 billion needed to complete the $68 billion project. 

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "California Breaks Ground on America’s First High Speed Rail" 08 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/585367/california-breaks-ground-on-america-s-first-high-speed-rail/> ISSN 0719-8884
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