The California state Senate is now debating the future of high-speed rail.
The Senate must approve an $8-billion measure, reject it or come up with a new plan for the project. The measure is backed by Gov. Jerry Brown and was approved by the State Assembly on Thursday.
Brown is seeking approval of a long-standing plan to build 130 miles of rail in the Central Valley from Bakersfield to Madera, creating the backbone of a future rail network that would later connect with Los Angeles and San Francisco.
But the plan has met growing skepticism among some legislators who say it would put the bulk of the initial funding in a low-ridership area that would have little independent value until the full system is completed. An alternative is being crafted to change the geographic distribution of the funds.
Here is live coverage from Times Sacramento Bureau reporter Chris Megerian: