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Tracks of Progress

Routes, rolling stock and high tech – worldwide rail is making the move to business class

From San Francisco to Stockholm, serious initiatives are underway to reshape the way you travel. Rapid rail is ascendant these days. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening now, where, and how it could affect you.

From Basin to Bay – The $64-billion California High-Speed Rail project is set to lay down some track soon, according to reports in The Orange County Register. The first 29-mile stretch of a line that’s being built to connect the Los Angeles Basin with the San Francisco Bay in under three hours should be done by 2019. It’s projected to take a decade after that to finish the high-speed line.

California voters and many Golden State politicians are behind the project, including Governor Jerry Brown. In 2008 voters approved $10 billion for the West Coast bullet train. CHSR planned to cover fully a fourth of the project’s capital costs with private money.

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