High-speed rail

A handout artist drawing made available by the California High-Speed Rail Authority shows one of the high-speed trains that are projected to run from Los Angeles to San Francisco. (California High-Speed Rail Authority / July 7, 2012)

California's bullet train agency is facing a series of new regulatory and political problems that could jeopardize its July construction kickoff, which already has been delayed more than six months.

The new challenges are coming from a private railroad that controls a key right of way, a legislative committee delving into contracting issues and a powerful federal agency asserting authority over the project.

The rail agency is beginning to make purchase offers for land around Fresno and says it still plans to start building this summer.

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