“Here comes high speed rail. There goes the farm.”
That’s what just one of the signs dotting the roads in the Central Valley of California as more locals stand against the state’s high-speed train that is slated to run through the fertile valley.
Though the rail service promises to cut commuter travel time from Los Angeles to San Francisco by more than half, but in the process will also cause local dairy producers and other farmers to lose land and income while increasing feed costs and herd health issues.
According to KABC-TV in Los Angeles, more than half of the voters are against the project, though state rail officials argue the public support will increase as improvements are made to the place.
This support has yet to materialize on the$68 billion project already a year behind schedule. This week, engineering work finally began on the first 30-mile stretch of the track in Fresno, Calif. Read more here.
The Associated Press reports that even former officials, such as Quentin Kopp, the former chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, have turned against the project after.
Locals, especially those in Fresno, have continually raised their opposition to the project. Click here for more.
The project also raises headaches for the area’s farmers, such Dennis Areias, a dairy farmer from Los Banos, Calif.
In 2011, Areias told Dairy Herd Management that the planned route would take out some of his facilities and cut the dairy off from main roads.
But money and accessibly weren't his only concerns. He also worried about possibly stray voltage from the electric high-speed train. Read, “High-speed train set to derail dairy farm.”