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Calif. high speed rail will accept bids within weeks

SACRAMENTO — Contractors vying to build the first sections of California's proposed high-speed rail line will get the green light to start making their bids within just a few weeks.

On Thursday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority approved the terms and conditions that bidders will be expected to meet in designing and building a 29-mile segment of the line from east of Madera to the south end of Fresno, a stretch that is expected to cost about $1.5 billion.

The request for bids still must be approved by the state's Public Works Board, but after clearing that hurdle, five potential teams of construction companies from across the U.S. and around the world can begin making their bids.Read the full story at