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Checking in on California’s controversial bullet train proposals




A full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train is displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 26, 2015.
A full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train is displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 26, 2015.
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California’s high speed rail plan has been the subject of much controversy.

The Palmdale to Burbank route has most recently been under scrutiny for its potential effect on horse country and the L.A. River. As reported in L.A. Daily News, Councilmember Paul Krekorian has joined residents from Lake View Terrace to Shadow Hills in opposition along the proposed bullet train route, Refined Alternative E-2, one of three potential routes to bring high desert commuters to Los Angeles.

Officials from California High Speed rail are reviewing the environmental impact of the route, which would give a 15 to 20 minute commute from the high desert to Los Angeles.

Larry hosts a discussion today on the concerns of the proposed bullet train route from Palmdale to Burbank and KPCC transportation reporter, Meghan McCarty stops by to give a roundup of the sometimes confusing world of L.A. high speed rail developments.

Guests:

Meghan McCarty, KPCC reporter covering commuting and mobility issues

Paul Dyson, President of Rail Passenger Association of California and Nevada, an organization that supports the expansion of passenger rail projects

Karo Torossian, director of planning and the environment for Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian