California gets green light to build first high-speed rail

The nation's first dedicated high-speed rail line, in California, finally got the green light. California lawmakers voted 21-16 to begin building the multibillion-dollar project that will save us from other rail forms.

The bill will allow California to begin selling $4.5 billion of voter-approved bonds. Of those, $2.6 billion will build the initial 130-mile stretch of the rail in Central Valley. This segment will run from Madera to Bakersfield.

The completed project will run from Los Angeles to San Francisco and should cost $68 billion.

At the moment, the bill is on its way to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.

Hopefully, it'll be signed, and we'll have more details as to the specifics of the new rail in the coming weeks.

Via Associated Press

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