Monday, October 21, 2013

High-speed rail construction begins in California with an uncertain future

Finally.  The actual construction has started!  In Fresno, of all places.  I'm curious what the UHaul index will look like next month.

Now, engineering work has finally begun on the first 30-mile segment of track in Fresno, a city of 500,000 people with soaring unemployment and a withering downtown. Rail is meant to help this place, with construction jobs and improved access to opportunities once the job is complete. But the region that could benefit most from the project is also where opposition has grown most fierce.

"I just wish it would go away, this high-speed rail. I just wish it would go away," says Gary Lanfranco, whose restaurant in Fresno is slated to be demolished to make way for rerouted traffic.
The samples of people getting their land taken from them is very sad.

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