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Lawsuit Over California High-Speed Rail Back In Court

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Mock up of the San Jose high speed rail station.

California High-Speed Rail / Flickr

(AP) - California's $68 billion high-speed rail project is back in court Thursday as state officials defend their plans.

Landowners in the Central Valley filed a lawsuit five years ago, arguing that the state's plans for the bullet train don't comply with promises made to voters about speed and funding.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny has asked attorneys for the state high-speed rail authority and the landowners to address several questions.

Kenny has been hearing arguments about the 2008 ballot measure approved by voters. It said California's high-speed rail would be able to whisk passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in two hours and 40 minutes, and that the system would not need a state subsidy to operate.

Opponents say current plans would not meet those requirements.