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California Mentioned First in Prez's Bullet Plan

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As mentioned this morning, Obama and Biden just unveiled their strategic plan for high speed rail, announcing $8 billion of the nation's stimulus money will go to bullet projects by late summer, and $1 billion will be provided once a year for the next five years. The White House mentions California first on its list of projects to benefit, probably because we recently gifted our bullet-to-be almost $10 billion in bond money. The federal money will not be enough to fund the entire $45 billion project, but will probably pay for grade separations. It should be at least 10 years before you can zip between Union Station and downtown San Francisco (where they're trying to build the Grand Central Station of the West). While the first leg of the route will go from Anaheim to the Bay Area, extensions are desired to San Diego and Sacramento. The administration's push for high-speed rail, which they say will reduce emissions and provide jobs, makes the whole plan look a bit more realistic. And if even you're not a train geek, you'll probably get a rise out of the new trip visualization tool on the Cali high speed rail site, where buildings sprout as the train races by. [Photos via Calif. High Speed Rail]

Ten major corridors are being identified for potential high-speed rail projects:

· California Corridor (Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego)
· Pacific Northwest Corridor (Eugene, Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, Vancouver BC)
· South Central Corridor (Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Little Rock)
· Gulf Coast Corridor (Houston, New Orleans, , Mobile, Birmingham, Atlanta)
· Chicago Hub Network (Chicago, Milwaukee, Twin Cities, St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Louisville,)
· Florida Corridor (Orlando, Tampa, Miami)
· Southeast Corridor (Washington, Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Macon, Columbia, , Savannah, Jacksonville)
· Keystone Corridor (Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh)
· Empire Corridor (New York City, Albany, Buffalo)
· Northern New England Corridor (Boston, Montreal, Portland, Springfield, New Haven, Albany)

· Vision for High Speed Rail [White House]
· Grade Time [Curbed LA]
· California High Speed Rail [Official Site]

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