artist’s render of the high-speed train between LA and san francisco that has been approved to begin construction

californian officials have just approved construction of a high-speed bullet train that links LA and san francisco in two hours and 38 minutes, saving an estimated 324 pounds of CO2 emissions (the 400-mile drive takes six to seven hours by car, without traffic). if completed, the system will be america’s first high-speed intrastate urban rail line.

the california high-speed rail authority has been developing the project for over 10 years, to a range of public and government opinion. on friday, july 6th, governor jerry brown’s plan to begin building was passed by a single vote in the state senate on friday july 6th, after vast approval in the assembly.

the first track of the 68-billion USD project is expected to be laid in late 2012 through early 2013 in the central valley. service could begin in 2018.

america's first high speed rail approved in california render of the interior of the station

america's first high speed rail approved in california the massive public works project would renovate old stretches of train track to develop more efficient urban planning