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Lawmakers Want Beefier Details On California High Speed Rail

(AP) — California lawmakers say the state's latest plan for a $64 billion high-speed railway lacks the details that could spur additional investment in the project.

Sen. Jim Beall, the Senate transportation committee chairman, said Monday that the High Speed Rail Authority must provide "more beef" in its revised business plan.

The new plan calls for constructing the first 250-mile segment from rural Shafter to San Jose at a cost of nearly $21 billion. The first stretch would begin operating in 2025, three years later than the original planned route that would have sent trains to the San Fernando Valley.

Lawmakers are echoing criticism from the state's independent legislative analyst, which last month said lawmakers should require more detailed planning.

Authority Chairman Dan Richard promised to provide more information.

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