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Peninsula Towns Sue To Stop High-Speed Rail Project

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PALO ALTO (AP) – A coalition of cities and nonprofit groups on the Peninsula are suing to derail a $43-billion bullet train.

Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton, along with five environmental and citizens groups, filed a suit Monday in Sacramento County Superior Court.

The suit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority seeks to halt a proposed line between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

It claims environmental studies inflated ridership figures for the proposed train and don’t meet state requirements.

A similar suit was dismissed two years ago.

Rail authority Deputy Director Jeff Barker told the San Jose Mercury News that he hasn’t seen the suit and can’t comment.

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