A federal rail agency wants the first $2.5 billion of the project directed to a single segment either between Fresno and Merced or Fresno and Bakersfield. This portion would be the backbone of a line linking San Francisco and Anaheim.
The first segment of California's proposed $43-billion high-speed rail system may not be built in the highly populated coastal areas of the state, but in the Central Valley, officials said Thursday.
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