LOS ANGELES — California's plans for a $68 billion high-speed passenger rail system have attracted one of the state's most well-known transportation planners to its board despite a series of issues faced by the project.

Katherine Perez-Estolano, 45, who was named to the high-speed rail board in April, says she is excited, not daunted, by challenges such as stalled plans to issue bonds this fall for the system's first segment.

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