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Palo Alto calls on state to abandon high speed rail

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Standing in front of an old steam locomotive, Tom Unberg, chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority displays a copy of the systems new business plan during a news conference at the California Railroad Museum.

Standing in front of an old steam locomotive, Tom Unberg, chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority displays a copy of the systems new business plan during a news conference at the California Railroad Museum in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. The plan shows that state rail project could cost nearly $100 billion in inflation-adjusted funding over a 20-year-construction period if the route between San Francisco and Anaheim is completed in 2033 The plans says the system would be profitable even at the lowest ridership estimates and wouldn't require public operation subsidies.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Palo Alto's city council is formally calling on state lawmakers to abandon California's $100 billion high speed rail project.

The San Jose Mercury News reports: a statement adopted last night identifies a long list of discrepancies between the current project and the one approved by voters three years ago. It says Palo Alto believes the voters were not given accurate information during the 2008 election so they could not make an informed decision.

City leaders believe high speed rail's business plan is fatally flawed and is not credible.

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