California High Speed Rail Plan Shortened

LOS ANGELES (KCBS/AP) — State rail officials said the route of the planned Bay Area-to-Southern California high-speed train system is getting shortened.

The Los Angeles Times reported the $68 billion project won’t build a train line from San Francisco to Anaheim as originally intended.

Instead, the bullet train would stop in Los Angeles, 40 miles northwest of the Orange County city and passengers would transfer to Metrolink if they want to complete their trip on public transportation.

Rail authority chairman Dan Richard told the Times the new route between LA and Orange County would cost $6 billion and save only 10 minutes of travel time compared to the current trains.

KCBS’ Janice Wright Reports:

Walt Disney Co. has been a strong advocate for the train reaching the Disneyland area.

“Certainly they would like to see high-speed rail all the way to Anaheim and it may in fact still go there some day,” Richard said.

Richard said the savings of dropping Anaheim from initial construction plans makes financial sense.

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