Judge Rules Against Efforts to Stall California's High Speed Rail

A judge has overruled challenges from two northern California cities over the siting of the state's proposed high speed rail line. Environmental studies can now move forward.

The cities of Menlo Park and Atherton had challenged the location of the proposed line and were hoping to force the California High-Speed Rail Authority to reconsider where it would run.

"High-speed train critics wanted an immediate stop to environmental studies until questions surrounding a proposed Gilroy-to-San Jose track alignment are cleared up as well as issues the Union Pacific railroad raised about allowing its right of way to be used by the bullet train.

Instead, the judge ordered bullet train opponents and the high-speed rail authority to present briefs and oral arguments Oct. 9 on the Gilroy-to-San Jose section and the Union Pacific issue."

Full Story: Judge rules for bullet train backers, allows work to go forward

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