Anaheim lawmaker: High-speed rail should include Disneyland

Courtesy California High Speed Rail Authority

Will the new plan for high-speed rail in California lead to an earlier completion date?

California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is unhappy that current plans for high-speed rail won't include a stop near the Happiest Place on Earth.

Sanchez represents Anaheim. As of Friday, it’s no longer in line for a high-speed rail stop. Instead, the California High-Speed Rail Authority decided to save $6 billion by ending the Bay Area-to-Southern California route in downtown L.A. instead of a station near Disneyland.

Sanchez said the decision will have a negative effect on the Orange County economy, but stops short of threatening federal dollars. California voters approved $10 billion in bonds towards the $68 billion first phase of the project. Planners expect the federal government kick in more than $40 billion in grants and loans.

House Republicans have vowed to strip funding for California high-speed rail. Sanchez said she hopes phase two of the project will honor state mandates and direct the project toward Anaheim.

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