SACRAMENTO (CBS SF)— The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving its approval for work to begin on the second leg of California’s proposed high-speed rail line.
The decision announced Friday allows the state to begin acquiring land along the 114-mile route between Fresno and Bakersfield. It essentially endorses the environmental review by the state agency that oversees the $68 billion project.READ MORE: Scientists Try to Save Migratory Western Monarch Butterflies as a Mystery Unfolds
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx calls it a “major step forward” for high-speed rail in the U.S.READ MORE: Fatal Fremont Hit-and-Run Crash Victim's Son Speaks; Police Search for Driver
The state still needs approval from the federal Surface Transportation Board before it can start construction.
California’s bullet train project has been beset by legal hurdles, including a court ruling that has prevented the state from selling $8.6 billion in bonds. State officials say they are spending federal money while that decision is appealed.MORE NEWS: DACA Program Rally In San Jose; 'I’m Tired Of People In Power Not Seeing Us As Humans'
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