AirTalk for March 28, 2013

Mutiny on the high speed rail project

High Speed Rail Anaheim

California High Speed Rail Authority

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) advertises that once this $68-billion dollar project is finished, travel time between San Francisco to Los Angeles will be 2 hours and 40 minutes. But longtime backers are reconsidering their support and filed a civil suit for financial mismanagement. The digitized picture is the HSRA vision of the Anaheim station.

California’s high speed rail project has faced opposition from several constituencies throughout the state. But its toughest criticism yet comes from longtime proponents of the project who say that too many political compromises are undermining legal safeguards, among other complaints. One former high-speed rail backer recently filed a civil suit seeking to halt the project due to financial mismanagement.

How will this division impact the future of California’s bullet-train? What is the California High Speed Rail Authority’s response to the criticism? Will high-speed rail get back on track?

Ralph Vartabedian, National Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times

Dan Richard, Chairman of the California High Speed Rail Authority

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