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California Cities to Sue Over High Speed Rail Route

A group of cities in the San Francisco Bay Area are going to file a lawsuit next month over the chosen route for California's planned high speed rail route between the Bay Area and Southern California.
May 3, 2009, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"Just six months ago, a strong majority of Peninsula voters - 61 percent - supported a statewide measure to pledge $9.95 billion for the development of a high-speed rail system in California."

"The promise of the $45 billion project is a state-of-the-art train that will whisk passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in two hours and 40 minutes. The proposed system is projected to carry 94 million passengers annually by the year 2030, according to the California High Speed Rail Authority."

"Next month, a lawsuit challenging the rail system's planned routing between Fresno and San Francisco will go before a Sacramento judge."

"Menlo Park and Atherton are plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Earlier this month, Palo Alto voted to back the lawsuit by filing a friend-of-the-court brief that outlines its shared objection to the project and preference that it run through the East Bay instead."

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Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 in The San Francisco Examiner
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