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California Gets Another $624 Million For High-Speed Rail

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Artist's conception of a California high-speed rail train. (California High-Speed Rail Authority)

Artist’s conception of a California high-speed rail train. (California High-Speed Rail Authority)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – California is getting another $624 million in high-speed rail money from the federal government.

The Department of Transportation said Thursday the state is getting the largest share of the $1.2 billion in high-speed rail funding being diverted from Ohio and Wisconsin to other states.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Both Ohio and Wisconsin have elected Republican governors opposed to the rail projects.

In all, California has been awarded about $3.2 billion in federal funding to build an estimated $43 billion bullet train system. Last week, California High-Speed Rail Authority officials agreed to build the initial segment in the Central Valley.

The authority’s deputy director said the latest round of funding shows the federal government has confidence in the project.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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