The California High-Speed Rail Authority says that it will shift gears by building the first section of the new bullet train from the Central Valley to San Jose rather than from Fresno to Burbank, as initially planned. The Authority says the change will speed construction and save money but rail supporters in Southern California, eager for the train to ease traffic, are upset that their region is neglected in the new plan. Ever since voters in 2008 approved nearly $10 billion in bonds for a high speed train linking the northern and southern parts of the state, the project has faced political opposition, mounting cost estimates, and is facing a construction delay of two years. We’ll get an update on the project and hear from critics.
Jessica Calefati, politics and state government reporter, San Jose Mercury News
Aubrey Bettencourt, executive director, California Water Alliance
Carl Guardino, president and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group; a member of the California Transportation Commission
Jim Patterson, member representing California's 23rd district serving parts of Fresno and Tulare Counties, California State Assembly