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Fresno on track for high-sped rail

Thursday was a big day for Fresno. The California High-Speed Rail Authority announced that a combined total of $4.3 billion in federal grants and state bond funds will used to design and build the first segment of the light rail system in the Central Valley, according to the Fresno Bee, shoving aside Los Angeles and San Fransisco.

The original plans for construction allowed for four potential starting segments: San Fransisco to San Jose, Merced to Fresno, Fresno to Bakersfield, and Los Angeles to Anaheim. At stake is the placement of a heavy maintainence yard, which would be projected to create hundreds of jobs for the city in which it is built.

With the first segment having to be built in the Central Valley, Fresno is guarenteed a spot on the line, and further increases it's chances for the heavy maintainence facility.

Construction is scheduled to begin FY 2012 and should be completed by 2018, ultimatly covering 800 miles and traversing the state.

For more information, visit the California High-Speed Rail Authority .

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