'Off the 99' podcast: The pros and cons of high-speed rail in California

September 16, 2011 

"Off the 99" takes a look at the often contentious issue of California High Speed rail. Reporters Ameera Butt and Mike North brought in advocates for high speed rail and others who thought the rail is a good idea in theory, but implementation of the project was an issue.

The radio show spoke with two co-founders of Californians for High Speed Rail: Brian Stanke and Daniel Krause, about the nonprofit and the costs and benefits associated with the project.

David Mills, from the International Brotherhood of electrical workers local 684, also joined the conversation about how the creation of jobs would stimulate the economy and provide work for countless California workers.

Ameera Butt also spoke to Kole Upton, a local member of Preserve our heritage, by phone. The group formed in August last year in the north Madera County and southern Merced County areas by farmers who say they are going to be adversely affected by the project.

The proposed high speed rail, which California High Speed Rail Authority say will cost about $42.6 billion, is currently in its comments period for the draft environmental impact report and statement. Statewide, the Authority has set up sessions and meetings for the public.



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