Under pressure to pick a route, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has proposed launching the first leg of the state's planned bullet train through the state's Central Valley -- largely a farming region. The move has incensed some legislators. But federal officials want to make the railway happen, and the flat land and weak community opposition in the region have made the Valley a top candidate, The Associated Press reports. Meanwhile, Manteca is making a $6.6 million bet that the bullet train will come as the town invests in a transit station.
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