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The Wreck of the New 97

A California judge has told Central Valley farmers trying to delay work on the new and useless high-speed rail to go pound sand.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley denied a preliminary injunction motion filed by farmers who said they would be adversely affected by construction of the ambitious rail project.

“The judge’s decision ensures that we can continue to move forward with our preparatory work to build the first segment of high-speed rail in the Central Valley,” the chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s board of directors, Dan Richard, said in a statement.

Construction of the initial segment is expected to begin in the summer of 2013, Richard added.

California’s bullet train network, expected to take decades to complete, would eventually connect Sacramento and San Francisco to Los Angeles, with stops along the 800-mile (1300-km) system.

Farmers’ unions have decried the project, the most ambitious public works endeavor in California, as an “imminent threat” to some of the most agriculturally productive land in the United States.

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