Rep. Loretta Sanchez on Thursday joined Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein in urging the federal government to send California’s high-speed rail system any money that other states reject for construction of their own train projects.

The proposed system, to run from Anaheim to San Francisco at a cost of $43 billion, has been plagued by financial accountability and ethics issues.

But in a letter that also was signed by four other California members of Congress, Sanchez told Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo that California is “ready and eager to implement a high-speed rail system.”

— TRACY WOOD

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