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Bullet train planners reverse course, revive Anaheim service

April 12, 2012
(California High-Speed…)

Responding to an outpouring of criticism from Orange County business, civic and political leaders, California’s bullet train agency reversed itself Thursday and voted to pursue a direct service link to Anaheim in the project’s initial phase.

The commitment came as the California High Speed Rail Authority board, meeting in San Francisco, adopted a crucial $68-billion business plan for the controversial project.

When a revised, less expensive version of the plan was released last month, it called for initial southbound service to stop at Los Angeles’ downtown Union Station, foregoing long-promised, continuous service to the Orange County area near Disneyland and Angels Stadium. 

As an alternative, state officials had said Anaheim-bound travelers could change to Metrolink or Amtrak trains, which would provide improved service on current routes.

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-- Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times

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