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Environmental study, alignment approved for high speed rail

Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

 

(07-09) 12:55 PDT San Francisco -- The High Speed Rail Authority granted final approval to the Pacheco Pass alignment to the Central Valley, and to the environmental studies supporting it, Tuesday.

 

With that decision, which came on an 8-0 vote, with member T.J. Stapleton absent, the alignment and environmental study for the 800-mile statewide system are complete. The next step is up to the voters, who will decide on Nov. 4 whether to approve a $9.9 billion bond to help fund construction of the system, estimated to cost at least $30 billion.

 

Environmental studies for the rest of the system were completed in 2004 but controversy over which route to use between the Bay Area and Central Valley - the Pacheco Pass or the Altamont Pass - prompted further studies and much debate. The proposed high-speed rail system would whisk travelers from downtown San Francisco to downtown Los Angeles in two and a half hours, and would travel at speeds up to 220 mph.

 

 

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http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/

 

this thing is finally coming together! the next step is for voters to approve a $9.9 billion bond to fund the construction of the system. this bond won't increase your taxes.

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Les étoiles semblent s'aligner pour que des TGV s'implantent finalement en Amérique du Nord. Il serait peut être temps qu'on se décide pour le corridor Québec-Windsor. Cependant, le trajet de TGV que j'espère le plus est encore New York-Montréal...

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