Work is now officially under way on the state's high-speed rail line, but making progress won't be easy.
It's been five years since voters approved the $68 billion plan and now engineers are finally starting work on the first phase from Fresno to Madera.
It will mean jobs, but there's plenty of opposition.
Gary Lanfranco's cafe is one of hundreds of homes and businesses that will be demolished to make way for the train.
"It's just an emotional thing really. I've stayed up nights worrying about it. I hope I've gotten over that, and now I'm just trying to make this thing work," Lanfranco said.
He says he hasn't been offered enough money to replace his restaurant. State officials say airports and roads won't be enough for a growing population. Federal funding has only been promised for this first phase, taxpayers could be on the hook for the rest.
"I've been in business here for 45 years. I've been around this place all my life, and now I have to leave," he said.