Traffic congestion has been an issue in California for decades. Going on for nearly as long is the controversy over the high-speed rail proj- ect that is designed to help alleviate that congestion by connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.
First proposed in the 1970s, a high-speed rail line running a full 800 miles
(once it expands to Sacramento and San Diego) finally received voter
approval in 2008 with passage of Proposition 1A. Now, nine years later,
construction on the nation’s first true high-speed rail project and its largest
public infrastructure development is finally underway.
Getting to the construction stage for the $64 billion project has been a
multiyear process that, to date, has involved more than 1,600 property
acquisitions in the Central Valley. And that’s only for the first 120 miles, the
Construction of a high-speed
rail line between Los Angeles
and San Francisco (shown here
in a conceptual 3-D animation
still) will require the appraisal
and acquisition of thousands
of acres of property.