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Report Anticipates High-Speed Rail

A state agency has approved a preliminary environmental study for a proposed, 700-mile high-speed rail line from the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego.

The California High Speed Rail Authority approved the environmental impact report during its Nov. 2 meeting in Sacramento.

The rail line could be in use by 2020, the agency said.

A proposed route map, displayed on the agency’s Web site, shows the line would travel from Downtown San Diego to University City, then head north on the Interstate 15 corridor through Escondido, Murrieta and Riverside. From there the line would swing west to Los Angeles.

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The agency plans detailed environmental studies covering sections of the line, including Los Angeles to San Diego, said an agency executive.

The authority said a San Diego-Los Angeles trip would take one hour and 15 minutes on the high-speed train, while a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco would take less than three hours.

The line would also serve Sacramento.

, Brad Graves

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