California’s Bullet Train To Change Track Over Horse LandLast week, California's Light Rail Authority announced it was pausing its Los Angeles to San Francisco light rail project to focus instead on the link ...California’s Bullet Train To Change Track Over Horse Land

California’s Bullet Train To Change Track Over Horse Land

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Last week, California’s Light Rail Authority announced it was pausing its Los Angeles to San Francisco light rail project to focus instead on the link between Silicon Valley and the state’s agricultural core in the Central Valley.
The High Speed Rail is a middle out project. Engineers are building the first section—linking Merced and Bakersfield. From there, it was supposed to cross the mountains into the LA basin. But engineering a path for a 220 mile per hour train through those mountains is difficult, expensive, and puts the train route at odds with ranchers.
Referring to the ranchers, Mark Powell, a retired chemical engineer and bullet train opponent, says, “These people were silent on the High Speed Rail until suddenly the Authority showed one of its alternatives for getting from Palmdale to Los Angeles involved tunneling under the San Gabriel Mountains and into their equestrian areas.”

http://www.wired.com/2016/02/california-bullet-train-changes-tack-to-silicon-valley/
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