Lonely Planet Writer

First stretch of California's high speed rail announced

Voters approved it back in 2008, but money and political problems have created delays ever since.

New railway line approved for California.
New railway line approved for California. Image by Nick Ares / CC BY-SA 2.0

Now, finally, though, the first stretch of California’s high speed railway has been announced. The line will run from San Jose, in Silicon Valley, to Bakersfield, in the Central Valley, and should be whizzing passengers along at over 200mph within a decade. Eventually the railway will connect San Francisco with Los Angeles and those backing the scheme hope that completion of this first section will encourage investors and politicians to support the entire route. Read more: mercurynews.com