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Feb 14, 2014 2:54 PM by Associated Press

High-speed rail foes seek hearing on travel times

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Attorneys representing Central Valley landowners are asking a Sacramento County Superior Court judge to hear arguments about whether California's high-speed trains would be able to travel as fast as voters were promised.

Judge Michael Kenny heard arguments Friday related to the legality of their challenge.

The state says the landowners cannot sue the agency for wasting taxpayers' money because the Legislature gave the California High-Speed Rail Authority discretion over business decisions.

Plaintiffs say the current $68 billion plan makes it impossible to comply with the travel times promised to voters because it calls for the bullet train to share tracks with existing trains. Voters approved $10 billion in bonds in 2008.

That measure said passengers could get from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

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