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November 5th, 2008
THE DIG
Infrastructure on the Ballot: California Bullet Train Funding

With nearly all precincts reporting, California voters approved $9.95 billion to fund a high-speed train network linking Southern California with the Bay Area.

Proposition 1A, a bond measure, is just the first step in financing the eventual 800-mile rail system with trains running up to 220 mph. The project, with an anticipated cost of $45-billion, will need additional funding from either the federal government or the private sector to begin building.

Narrowly approved 52 percent to 48 percent, opponents question the estimated cost (claiming costs could nearly double during construction) and the actual need of such an advanced rail system in the region.

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