The huge project hinges on a massive infusion of federal funds, but the political backing for that is fading fast. Gov. Jerry Brown will have to decide whether to start building it anyway.
As California prepares to commit tens of billions of dollars to an ambitious high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Southern California, Congress' political will to provide the bulk of the funding is disappearing, leaving the possibility that the state could end up stuck with a crushing financial burden.
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