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California awarded $2.25billion for high-speed rail

January 28, 2010

From the Fresno Bee –  As President Barack Obama voiced strong support for high-speed rail in his State of the Union address Wednesday, federal officials announced that California will get a big share of the $8 billion fund for projects nationwide.

California will get $2.25 billion to help build a high-speed rail system connecting Southern California to the Bay Area through the San Joaquin Valley, as well as additional funds for other rail projects. Other states getting high-speed rail funding include Washington, North Carolina and Florida.

The state had applied for $4.7 billion, but officials were satisfied with the grant.

“This award is fantastic news for California and for our state’s high-speed rail project,” California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Curt Pringle said in a statement.

But the state still has to…to read the rest of the Fresno Bee story, please click here.

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