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Americans are driving a lot less than they did last year, and Congress has taken notice, passing a long-stalled bill to keep Amtrak going and provide start-up money for high-speed rail. One of the first bullet trains could be in California if voters pass a bond issue in November's election. Could the Union Pacific get in the way? Also, will Hollywood merge with Bollywood?


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Producers:
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton

Main Topic Proposition 1a: High Speed Rail, On or Off? 18 MIN, 37 SEC

The Department of Transportation says Americans are driving less and riding more on public transit; $4 a gallon gasoline has led Congress to finally authorize $14 billion for Amtrak, intercity passenger trains and high-speed rail. If the Senate and President Bush go along, that could mean money for California, if voters pass a November bond issue that would provide $10 billion to begin building a bullet train from Orange County to Sacramento. The first leg would be from Anaheim to the Bay Area, and some of the proposed route would share right of way with the Union Pacific. Last week we heard that the railroad is making last-minute objections, raising safety concerns in case the new technology collides with the old one.

Guests:
Quentin Kopp, California High Speed Rail Authority Board (formerly)
Stuart Flashman, Attorney
Matthew Melzer, Spokesperson for the National Association of Railroad Passengers

Reporter's Notebook DreamWorks Makes Deal with Bollywood’s Reliance 5 MIN, 46 SEC

DreamWorks may be closing a deal with one of India's biggest entertainment producers. What could that mean for Hollywood and the worldwide business of entertainment?

Guests:
Michael Speier, Executive Editor, Variety

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