Below is a video outlining California's potential high-speed rail network (HSR), which, if everything goes to plan, will begin construction in 2012, with the main line, linking San Francisco and Los Angeles completed by 2015.
Currently, there are 500 million travellers' trips between the states different regions, which analysts estimate will increase to one billion travellers by 2030. California's HSR will service 10 percent of those commuters.
The track will run for 800 miles, and incorporate San Francisco, San Jose, Merced, Sacremento, Fresno, Bakersfield, Palmdale, Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego. The train is projected to run at 220 miles-per-hour which would halve the travel time for travellers.
As an environmental option, the HSR is three times more efficient than air travel and five times more efficient than cars - a key component in the US' turn towards reducing its carbon footprint. In total, the HSR should reduce California's oil use by 12.7 million barrels annually.
With construction of the HSR beginning in 2012, 650,000 contracting construction jobs will be created, along with 450,000 permanent positions - which will constitute the largest public works on US soil in 50 years.
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