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Facts about California's high-speed rail plan

— How much will it cost: The current price tag is listed as $68 billion, but it has fluctuated wildly. California's High-Speed Rail Authority says it is still cheaper than building dozens of new airport runways and highways to accommodate a state population expected to hit 46 million by 2035. — Who is paying for it:

Advocate frustrated at lack of political will to build high-speed rail line

RED DEER, Alta. - The founder of High Speed Rail Canada says he's frustrated with the lack of progress to establish high-speed rail passenger service between Calgary and Edmonton. Paul Langan says they are no further ahead than they were in the 1980s. He says two big studies have been done and some politicians "kind of want it" but so far the political will isn't there to move forward. Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIvor says there are many things to consider, including potential corridors and any land disruption issues.

Mexico announces plans to invest $100 billion in rail, ports, roads, revive passenger trains

MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government announced plans Monday to invest about $100 billion in rail, road, telecom and port projects over the next five years, including Mexico's first high-speed rail links. Among the projects are the modernization or building of four airports, seven seaports and about 3,350 miles (5,410 kilometres) of highways. The government will strengthen fiber optic networks and expand broadband internet access, and speed up freight train service.
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