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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is accepting public comments on the state's latest rail plan through Friday.The plan is intended to provide the framework for California's rail network and set the stage for new and improved rail and community connections for the next 20 years, Caltrans officials said in a press release. "To meet the challenges that come with a growing California, this rail plan will be part of defining a more sustainable transportation system for the future," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Improvements and expansion of California’s rail system will have a positive effect on the future mobility, environmental health and economic vitality of this state." Slated for completion in 2018, the plan will provide a long-term strategy that will enable Caltrans, the California High-Speed Rail Authority, intercity and commuter-rail operators, freight railroads and communities to prepare for the future. The plan is intended to prioritize state funding and actions for integrating the statewide rail network, Caltrans officials said.
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