California Supreme Court Boosts Bullet Train Opponents


Opponents to California's high speed rail project just got a boost after the California Supreme Court says federal law does not exempt state rail projects from California's strict environmental review law. 

Thursday's decision means the legal battles over the $64 billion rail project championed by Gov. Jerry Brown will continue after the court said a lower court interpreted federal law too broadly when it agreed with the rail authority that federal law trumped the state's environmental review. 

The high court voted 6-1 to overturn the lower court's ruling, giving renewed hope to opponents who are using California's Environmental Quality Act to challenge the proposed project to connect California cities with a high-speed rail project. 


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