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October 22, 2013
Locals angry as engineering work starts on California's $68B bullet train system
Even the former chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority has turned against the current project, saying it “is no longer a genuine high speed rail system.”
By JULIET WILLIAMS
Image courtesy of California High Speed Rail
Rail is meant to help Fresno, with construction jobs now and access to future economic opportunities, but the region is also where opposition has grown most fierce.
FRESNO, California — Trucks loaded with tomatoes, milk and almonds clog the two main highways that bisect California's farm heartland, carrying goods to millions along the Pacific Coast and beyond. This dusty stretch of land is the starting point for one of the most expensive U.S. public infrastructure projects: a $68 billion high-speed rail system that would span the state, linking the people of America's salad bowl to more jobs, opportunity and buyers.
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