Releasing a business plan this morning that projected it could $98.5 billion over 20 years to build California's high-speed rail project, the California High-Speed Rail Authority sought to remake the project's beleaguered image while pressing the Legislature to let it move forward.
"This plan represents a new day, a new time and a new beginning" for the project, said Tom Umberg, chairman of the rail authority board.
Authority officials lined up to speak to reporters at the California State Railroad Museum. A podium was set up in front of a Northwestern Pacific locomotive, its cow-catcher jutting out.
"High speed rail will be hard to do and hard to accomplish," said Dan Richard, a rail authority board member.
However, he said, it will be "worth it for the citizens of California."
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