Lawmakers in California approved plans for a high speed rail system to be implemented in the state. Many thought the first high speed rail trains would be used on the East coast but I suppose they have a little more ground to cover out West, regardless, this will hopefully be the beginning of an elaborate system of high speed rails throughout the US which would help to reduce our dependency on foreign oil as well as our CO2 production.
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.