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Opinion: Mend, don't end, California's high-speed train program

(The following column by Ryan Stern, board member of Californians For High Speed Rail, appeared on the Los Angeles Times website on May 17, 2011.)

LOS ANGELES ó The Times' criticism of the Central Valley starting point misses some key points. This segment doesn't just connect small towns; it connects two large cities, Bakersfield (metropolitan population of 800,000) and Fresno (metropolitan population of 1.1 million). It's the cheapest place to begin construction while also creating tens of thousands of desperately needed jobs, providing an economic stimulus to the entire state. Perhaps most important, it will form the backbone of the statewide project, a functional first investment regardless of which section follows on the construction timeline.

Full column: Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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