First Leg of High-Speed Rail to Connect Central Valley Dots

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map.jpgThanks 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.



  • Tom Umberg - California High Speed Rail Authority
  • Alan Lowenthal - Chairman, State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee


Warren Olney