Feds Greenlight Construction Of $68B Calif. Rail Line

Law360, Los Angeles (June 14, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT) -- The Surface Transportation Board on Thursday granted the California High-Speed Rail Authority approval — subject to environmental restrictions — to begin construction this summer on a $68 billion, 65-mile rail line between Merced and Fresno, the first section of the California high-speed train system.

The CHSRA, a noncarrier state agency, asked in March for certain exemptions that would allow construction to begin on the line, while simultaneously asking to dismiss the petition for lack of jurisdiction, arguing that the project doesn’t require the federal oversight board’s...
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