High-speed rail may be coming to California faster than expected. The federal government’s stimulus program approved $2.2 billion for environmental planning and the design and construction of four corridors, including the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the route. That segment alone is expected to generate 34,000 jobs.
According to the terms of the grant, construction must begin by September 2012 and be completed by September 2017.
In addition to the high-speed rail funding, another $99 million in stimulus funds will be used to develop intercity rail projects, including $29 million for a train link between San Jose and Sacramento.
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