Vote expected on Brown's high-speed rail plan

This undated file photo provided by the California High Speed Rail Authority shows an artist's rendering of a high-speed train traveling along the California coast. (AP Photo/California High Speed Rail Authority)

July 3, 2012 10:55:29 AM PDT
A vote is expected today on Gov. Jerry Brown's high-speed rail plan.

Brown wants lawmakers to authorize $2.7 billion in voter-approved state bonds for the construction on the first 130-mile stretch of a bullet train from Madera to Bakersfield. He says the state needs to act fast in order to capture billions of dollars in additional federal support.

However, some lawmakers are still skeptical about spending billions first in the Central Valley. They'd rather have the money used to improve existing rail systems in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.