A report from the Los Banos Enterprise, Areias’ local newspaper, recently quoted a representative for the high-speed rail project that said while they understand land owners’ concerns, it does not mean the rail authority will change the route.
California voters approved the project in 2008 when they passed a $9.95 billion bond to begin construction. But, news reports have indicated that analysts believe the budget to build the high-speed train to be off by tens of billions of dollars. The construction budget is projected to be $45 billion, but the actual price could rise above $200 billion.
Rail authorities are supposed to release a draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement on its proposed route in July.
The high-speed train is set to break ground in 2012. The first leg of the train will be built between Fresno and Bakersfield. Eventually, the 800-mile track will connect San Francisco and Los Angeles. Proponents of the train believe that it will create thousands of jobs and will stimulate the economy.
Click here to watch Dennis Areias discuss the damage the proprosed California high-speed train will do to his dairy farm.