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What Is the Future of High Speed Rail
What Is the Future of High Speed Rail

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AIR DATE: January 20, 2012

As budget cuts eat into infrastructure spending, the future of high-speed rail is beginning to look shaky. A government review in California has recommended the state not sell bonds to finance the next stage of the railroad between San Diego and San Francisco because it doubts the project is financially viable. Still construction firms and financiers are pressing ahead, as is the governor of California, Jerry Brown. This setback could also be problematic for projects in the Southwest like the Anaheim to Las Vegas link that is not yet off the drawing board. So what is the future of high-speed rail?
 
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Richard White, History Dept. Stanford University and author of Railroaded
Robert Land, Co-Dir, Brookings Mountain West, UNLV

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COMMENTS:
I enjoyed the perspective of both of the guests. Great discussion. The logic of the Victorville station proposal made more sense to me because of this coverage.
Aunty PalinJan 20, 2012 10:55:01 AM
Aren't the people proposing the DesertXPress the same ones who brought us the monorail east of the Strip? Another train to nowhere?
PollyJan 19, 2012 10:20:09 AM
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