California officials on Tuesday will break ground on a $68 billion high-speed rail project. The state plans to connect Los Angeles with San Francisco in 2029.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority will hold a groundbreaking ceremony in Fresno for the first 29-mile segment of a system that is projected to extend from San Diego to Sacramento. The trains will reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour and will make the 390-mile trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco in fewer than three hours, or less than half the time of a typical drive.

About $6 billion, enough to cover the 130-mile Central Valley segment between Madera and Bakersfield, has been secured by the rail authority. More than half of the funds are slated to come from the federal government, while private capital and state bonds will account for 20% and 14% of the funding, respectively, according to the rail authority.

The groundbreaking has been delayed by about two years because of slower-than-expected land acquisitions necessary for the route.

Train travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco currently takes about 12 hours and includes a transfer between the Amtrak and Caltrain networks.


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