Section of California high-speed rail line OK’d

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Plans for construction of a 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield are official.

The Fresno Bee reported that the federal Surface Transportation Board announced the plans Tuesday in a detailed report of the proposed electric-powered rail service.

The board released a 56-page report following a 2-1 vote on Monday to authorize the construction of the rail line.

This is the second section of the planned system to be OK’d, following approval of the Merced-Fresno section in June 2013.

Board members in favor of the rail system say it will provide predictable and consistent travel times between major urban areas and places of interest.

Plans call for the completed system to be more than 800 miles long and provide high-speed rail service throughout California.

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