Jan 6, 2015 4:30 PM by Associated Press
California's high-speed rail project has become the first in the nation to break ground.
Tuesday's groundbreaking was attended by several hundred people who gathered near old rail lines in an industrial section of downtown Fresno. About a dozen protesters stood at a fence, shouting "show me the money."
The $68 billion project faces challenges from Republicans in Congress eager to reduce government spending and Central Valley farmers suing to block the train from crossing their fields.
But Gov. Jerry Brown said high-speed rail is essential to meeting his new challenge: Encouraging the nation's most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years.
The train would whisk travelers at 200 mph between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.
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