http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... oundup.DTL
The California High Speed Rail Authority board of directors certified the final environmental impact report for the proposed $31 billion project Wednesday, according to an announcement from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
If built, the system would enable travelers to go from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Los Angeles area in under three hours on a train traveling at speeds of 220 mph.
"The High-Speed Rail will connect the economic engine of Northern and Southern California and allow our economy to grow and thrive,'' San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said in a statement.
Voters must now approve a $9.9 billion bond measure on the November ballot in order for construction to begin on the system.
A High Speed Rail Authority spokeswoman was not available to comment on or provide details about Wednesday's board action.
I hope this happens. As discussed in other threads, CA has lots of transportation issues due to it's large size and it's terrain. The average trip to LA by car from San Jose is about 5.5 hours if you're speeding, so this could be a real boon to everyone.