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Study supports high-speed rail

October 09, 2008|Eric Bailey

An economic study being released by backers of a 220-mph bullet train proposal on the November ballot says the high-speed rail line would boost economic growth in the region, reduce unemployment and pump up tax revenue.

Research by Philip J. Romero, a dean and economics professor at Cal State L.A., found that the economy would grow up to 4%, with new jobs created to build, run and maintain the 800-mile rail network.

Romero's study is one of half a dozen conducted in regions along the proposed route. As envisioned by boosters, the $45-billion system would run from San Diego to Orange County and Los Angeles, up the Central Valley and into the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.

-- Eric Bailey

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