California Senate voted 21-16 to approve a construction and financing of the first stage of high-speed rail line for America’s most populous state with 37 million people. Majority votes were from Democratic Senators with the full support from Governor Jerry Brown. With the votes, it will authorize the state to start collecting about $3.2 billion in federal funding and start selling $4.5 billion bonds.
The first stage of construction of the high-speed rail line will occur in the Central Valley. A 130-mile stretch will connect from Madera to Bakersfield near California highway 99. The cost of this initial construction will be around $2.6 billion.
Democratic lawmakers, transportation experts, and some Silicon Valley techies and geeks have gave full support to fund the futuristic rail systems in an effort to create more jobs for people in the state. When the project is scheduled to be completed in the next several years, it will connect from Los Angeles to San Francisco with a total cost at about $68 billion.