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O.C. High-Speed Rail Study OKd

September 26, 2006|From a Times Staff Writer

Transportation planners Monday approved taking a step toward high-speed-rail service between Los Angeles and Orange County.

The Orange County Transportation Authority agreed to $7 million in preliminary engineering and environmental work to study the feasibility of using the existing train corridor for an added electrified track to whisk passengers from Los Angeles' Union Station to Anaheim in less than 20 minutes.

The decision also allows the authority's staff to work with the California High Speed Rail Authority in Sacramento.

A statewide bond initiative seeking nearly $10 billion to build a network of high-speed rail lines is planned for 2008.

The 700-mile system would serve the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire and Orange and San Diego counties.

The OCTA will seek reimbursement if the initiative wins.

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