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More lawsuits are a foregone conclusion for California high-speed rail
More lawsuits are a foregone conclusion for California high-speed rail

When California voters approved $9 billion in funding for a bullet train in 2008, the ballot measure included the strictest engineering and spending controls ever placed on a major state project. Voters were told that the high-speed trains would hit 220 mph, get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in two hours and 40 minutes, operate without subsidies and obtain funding and environmental clearances for entire operating segments before construction. The idea was to protect taxpayers from an abandoned project or one that would require indefinite taxpayer support. Now, as state officials seek to begin construction on the $68-billion project, those conditions have become a fertile breeding...

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