Republican leaders seek to apply brakes to bullet train project

Two influential Republican lawmakers called Friday for California to slow down the high-speed rail project.

The vice chairs of the Assembly Budget Committee and Appropriations Committee asked the head of a budget panel to reject a request to allocate an additional $18 million for work to buy land for the $98.5-billion project.

Assembly members Jim Nielsen of Gerber and Diane Harkey of Dana Point said in a letter to a key decision-maker that the California High Speed Rail Authority had not provided a satisfactory explanation of how the system was going to be financed and whether it would be successful if built.

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