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  • Bullet train construction delayed once again

    The start of construction on California's bullet train, one of the nation's largest "shovel ready" public work projects that was awarded stimulus funding three years ago by the Obama administration, is slipping past already-delayed target dates, interviews show.
  • UCLA study of Japan's bullet train raises questions about California project

    A new UCLA economic analysis of Japan'sShinkansen bullet train and its impact on the growth of cities along its route calls into question claims by state officials that California's high-speed rail project will create up to 400,000 permanent jobs....

    Brown backs away from plan to protect bullet train from lawsuits

    Brown backs away from plan to protect bullet train from lawsuits
    After encountering criticism from environmental groups, Gov. Jerry Brown signaled Wednesday that he plans to withdraw his controversial proposal to protect the California bullet train project from injunctions sought by environmental lawsuits. Brown&...

    California bullet train faces tough vote in Senate

    California bullet train faces tough vote in Senate
    Gov. Jerry Brown's request for $6 billion to start construction of the California bullet train will face a difficult vote in the Legislature in the coming days, prompting some last-minute political maneuvering that could significantly alter the...

    Will the state Senate vote today to stop bullet train in its tracks?

    After nearly two decades of debate, the decision to move ahead on the California high-speed rail project will come down to a state Senate vote this afternoon that could be decided by one or two members. The Senate will have to accept an $8 billion...