Administration Plan for High-Speed Rail Just Inching Along

The Obama administration's push for high-speed trains is foundering, as Congress moves to clamp down on funding and a showcase California project encounters new hurdles.

California is set to update its plans for a San Francisco-to-Los Angeles high-speed line by Nov. 1. Officials say the state is looking at shortening the initial route and relying more heavily on existing lines.

The project is the principal hope for the Obama administration to fulfill its promise of bringing to the U.S. true high-speed rail service—loosely defined as trains traveling 150 miles per hour or faster—after Florida canceled a planned Tampa-to-Orlando route in February.

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