Calif. assemblymember suggests pivot for rail project


Funding constraints could force officials to consider a lower-speed, diesel alternative to an electrified, 520-mile high-speed rail project between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Laura Friedman, chair of the Transportation Committee of the California State Assembly, has suggested spending funds on a station at Merced to provide commuter links to the coast, allowing for possible electrification and high-speed service at a later date.

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