The Latest: California lawmakers critique bullet-train plan

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California lawmakers' hearing on high speed rail (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

California lawmakers are questioning a major change in the plans for a San Francisco-to-Los Angeles high-speed rail line.

Members of the Assembly Transportation Committee got their first chance Monday to critique the new business plan for the $64 billion project.

Democratic Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino says she's troubled by last month's decision to build the northern segment before the southern, a major shift from earlier plans.

High Speed Rail Authority officials say the trains may arrive north first, but Southern California will be the first to see funding for other mass transit projects.

The experts apologized to Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray for failing to notify officials in his Merced district of the change. Previous versions of the train blueprint would have run the first trains between Merced and the San Fernando Valley.


12 a.m.

State lawmakers will have their first chance to critique the officials in charge of California's $64 billion high-speed rail project over a new business plan.

The Assembly Transportation Committee will hold a hearing Monday at the state Capitol to review the new business plan. It calls for overhauling its proposed route to build the first 250-mile segment from the rural town of Shafter to San Jose.

The first leg would begin operating in 2025, about three years later than previously planned.

The new route is an acknowledgement of the logistical and financial problems that have plagued the project. It still lacks funding to build a 520-mile system that voters were promised in 2008.