LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal lawmakers say the state of California is getting another $902 million in federal funding to advance the design and construction of a high-speed rail system initially running from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The funding announcement is being made in the days leading up to a high-stakes election featuring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and Republican Carly Fiorina. One of the key battlegrounds in that race is the Central Valley, where the vast majority of the new funding is going.

California voters approved nearly $10 billion in bonds for high-speed rail in 2008.

Boxer said high-speed rail would help boost the economy and reduce congestion and air pollution.

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Comments (3)
  1. Cathy says:

    This would be awesome! With a link to Sacramento.

  2. fish wrap says:

    This is nothing but BS the state already got ten billion and haven’t put down an inch of track. Just another ploy by boxer to scam votes. How about the govt. gives us that money to help the state and not for some stupid train.

  3. mom of 4 says:

    What a huge waste of money! This will however be extremely entertaining to watch the environmentalists fight it out! The anti car groups will be fighting with the one eyed sludge newt groups to lay tracks right along the breeding grounds of some obscure animal. We will never see this system in our lifetime.

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