California OKs high-speed rail


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — By a bare majority, the state Senate voted Friday to approve initial construction on the state’s $68 billion high-speed rail project, ending months of intense lobbying and uncertainty in the Legislature. The approval was a major legislative victory for Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill, approved the previous day by the state Assembly, authorizes $5.8 billion to start construction in the Central Valley, including $2.6 billion in rail bond funds and $3.2 billion from the federal government.