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Could a Trump presidency hurt or help California’s high speed rail project?

Conceptual photo of high-speed rail project.
Conceptual photo of high-speed rail project.
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The plan to build a bullet train between L.A. and San Francisco has  been criticized by homeowners, environmental groups and business coalitions.

But perhaps the biggest setback to California's high speed rail project has been finding reliable funding sources for is its $64 billion dollar budget.

With Donald Trump in the White House, that may change. During his presidential campaign, Trump vowed to spend $550 billion on infrastructure. That's double what Hillary Clinton promised in her economic plan.

However will Donald Trump support a bullet train in a state where voters overwhelmingly rejected him?

To give an idea of what Californians can expect, Take Two's A Martinez spoke to Martin Wachs, distinguished professor emeritus of city and regional planning at the University of California. Wachs is also part of the California High Speed Rail Peer Review Group which evaluates funding plans for the project.