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
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.