Cal high-speed rail must hustle to keep funding

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(AP) – California will have to move at light speed on its high-speed rail line if it doesn’t want to lose federal funds.

The Los Angeles Times says that under a federal deadline, California has until September 2017 to finish the first 130-mile segment of the line. Otherwise, it risks losing some federal funding.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority will need to acquire some 120 permits, 1,100 parcels of land and assemble a huge workforce.

At a projected cost of $6 billion, California would be spending as much as $3.5 million a day to finish on time. That compares with about $1.5 million a day for other huge transportation projects.

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