State, Amtrak cancel joint high-speed train bid

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Updated: 6/20/2014 12:59 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority are canceling a joint agreement to bid on high-speed trains.

The agencies say their needs are too different and that manufacturers are not yet ready to build trains that can run on both Amtrak's 100-year-old rail lines and the high-speed corridors planned for California.

The agencies had hoped to reduce costs and lure manufacturers to build the trains in the United States by bidding jointly.

But high-speed rail spokeswoman Lisa-Marie Alley says it became clear in meetings over the last few weeks that the requirements were too different.

California's $68 billion project requires speeds up to 220 mph, while Amtrak is limited to 160 mph.

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