First Leg of High-Speed Rail to Connect Central Valley Dots
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California voters have approved high-speed rail, and the first leg of a new system will spend $5.5 billion to go from Shafter to Madera. What happened to Los Angeles and San Francisco? We talk to the Vice Chair of the High Speed Rail Authority and a skeptical legislator. Also, from a chilly summer to a fall heat wave to the wettest December on record, it turns out that Easterners are wrong after all. Los Angeles does have weather. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the New START treaty was ratified by the Senate today by a vote of 71 to 26. But that comfortable margin does not reflect the continuing debate on reducing nuclear weapons. We hear some of the pros and cons.
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First Leg of High-Speed Rail to Connect Central Valley Dots ()
Thanks to Wisconsin and Ohio refusing to take federal money, the first leg of California's High Speed Rail system will be 58 miles longer than originally planned. Instead of going just 65 miles, it will go all the way from from Shafter to Madera, at a total cost of $5.5 billion. We talk to Tom Umberg, Vice Chair of the High Speed Rail Authority, and skeptical State Senator Alan Lowenthal.
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