Lonely Planet Writer

California begins work on bullet train project

Japanese bullet trains cancelled due to heavy snow.
Japanese bullet train. Image by Gavin Anderson / CC BY-SA 2.0

The nation’s first high-speed rail project began with a ceremony in Fresno on Tuesday. The train, which will whisk riders from Los Angeles to San Francisco at speeds exceeding 200 mph, comes amid pressure from critics who challenge the proposed route and political opponents who have vowed to block funding. When complete, the route from LA to SF will take only three hours. Read more: nytimes.com