Judge Rejects Northern California Route For High-Speed Rail

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A judge has ordered California to scrap plans to run bullet trains from the Central Valley and up the San Francisco Peninsula in the latest bump for a $99 billion project.

A judge in Sacramento ruled Thursday that the state must rescind the planned route from Gilroy to San Jose and up the Peninsula pending further study.

A similar ruling was made two years ago after the cities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton sued to block the route.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority conducted extra studies and reapproved the same route, leading to another suit. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.

The rail authority said the ruling is not a major setback.

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  1. DOROTHY says:

    BIG OIL WON AGAIN!!! KEEP THOSE CARS ROLLING!!

  2. Bay Area Guy says:

    No Dorothy- Tax payers WON, not big oil.
    There is NO Way a train can compete with the flexibility of travel by car – NO WAY!

    This High Speed rail project is just a new way to funnel tax money to Big corporations and Unions. They are the ones who benefit from High speed rail.

    I tried to book a Trip on a Train once or twice and every time it was more expensive than a flight on Southwest Airlines- so how is it better if it takes longer, cost more and is inflexable?

    Think about it people, it’s’ not worth the money or the hassle.

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