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Calif OKs funds for bullet train with shaky future

Posted: July 18, 2012 1:25 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2012 1:25 p.m.
 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's governor is celebrating billions of dollars in government funding for a high-speed train, but construction is a long way off and could get bogged down by lawsuits, environmental rules and political infighting.

Democrat Jerry Brown signed a bill in Los Angeles Wednesday that allows California to claim $3.2 billion in federal funds for the train that could eventually link San Francisco and Los Angeles.

That would pair with $2.6 billion in state dollars to build an initial, 130-mile stretch in Central Valley farm country, far from most of the population.

Brown was cheered by unionized construction workers who could benefit from taxpayer-financed jobs.

Republicans promise to block future funding for the $68 billion line, farm groups filed a lawsuit and the project could take years to clear environmental hurdles.

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