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California Scores $2.25 Billion from Feds for High Speed Rail

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The Obama Administration is set to award California with $2.35 billion in federal passenger rail stimulus funds today, with most all going towards high speed rail. The money is earmarked for four HSR segments--locally to the Los Angeles to Anaheim alignment--and for upgrades to the Pacific Surfliner route between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.

"This award will go toward specific projects," explained Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, who is also the state's High Speed Rail Authority Chairman, "but it will benefit every single section of our planned high-speed rail system by moving this entire vision closer to reality - closer to being the first true high-speed rail system in the United States."

Beyond the L.A to Anaheim segment, the $2.25 billion for HSR will fund portions between San Francisco and San Jose and between Merced, Fresno and Bakersfield. Specifically, the money "will go toward environmental planning and the design and construction," according to the Mercury News.