US To Speed Up Permit Process In $68B Calif. Rail Project

Law360, San Diego (September 21, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT) -- Days after U.S. officials approved environmental reviews related to the first leg of California’s planned $68.4 billion high-speed rail line between Fresno and Merced, the White House said Friday it plans to fast-track the permitting process for the remaining route in the Central Valley.

Under his “We Can’t Wait” initiative, President Obama said the environmental reviews for the 114-mile stretch between Fresno and Bakersfield will be subject to an accelerated federal permit and evaluation procedure that is expected to wrap up in October 2013, in a...
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