Is High Speed Rail Too Big a Gamble for California?

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Based on plans laid in 1996, California voters in 2008 approved almost $10 billion in bonds to begin building a bullet-train system to connect the state's major cities. The ballot argument promised hundreds of thousands of jobs, a billion in annual profit and no need for state taxpayer subsidies. The Obama Administration has come up with $3.5 billion in federal money and construction is set to begin next year on 100 miles of track between Fresno and Bakersfield. But numerous experts and agencies are saying it's time for another look before it's too late.

Credits

Guests:
Lance Williams - Center for Investigative Reporting - @LanceWCIR, Jeff Barker - California High Speed Rail Authority, Richard Tolmach - California Rail Foundation

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Sonya Geis, Katie Cooper