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California's Newsom Scales Back Plans for High-Speed Rail Line

  • Governor to focus on completing tracks in Central Valley
  • ‘Too little oversight,’ not enough transparency, he says
Gavin Newsom
Gavin NewsomPhotographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg
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California Governor Gavin Newsom indicated he is scaling back plans to build a high-speed railroad between Los Angeles and San Francisco and will instead focus on completing one segment of the train line that falls far short of the project’s original goals.

The state will finish roughly 120 miles of track already under construction in the Central Valley, a mostly rural agricultural region that runs down the spine of the state, Newsom said Tuesday in his first State of the State address to legislators, noting there “simply isn’t a path” for the full line. He moderated the tone in a subsequent Twitter post, saying he’s “going to make high-speed rail a reality” for the state.