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We Don’t Want High-Speed Rail Here

KTTV Vice-President / General Manager Kevin Hale KTTV Vice-President / General Manager Kevin Hale

California's High-Speed Rail Authority is still selling their so-called bullet train, by saying they're going to get from Madera to Fresno to Bakersfield.

There's a problem though: Bakersfield city officials don't think the train is going to make it there, because the rail authority doesn't have enough money and they've admitted as much in meetings.

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Here's the reality: they've only got enough money to get from the small town of Madera to the small town of Wasco.

Bakersfield wants out of this mess. City leaders say if it's never going to get to Bakersfield then why pursue it? Why compromise the land values if it's not a reality? The uncertainty surrounding this looming project is hurting this Central Valley town's economy.

Since there is no more money in the foreseeable future, the city of Bakersfield is asking the rail authority to come clean and admit they'll never get there for many, many years..... if ever.

The rail authority would be dead in its tracks if they can't link it to two major cities, because that's the stipulation of using the Federal money they currently have. 

Madera to Wasco doesn't cut it.

No matter how much the rail authority denies it, it truly is a train to nowhere and once again, we ask to see a new plan or to put it on hold until they come up with one.

Thanks for listening.

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Kevin Hale,
Vice President and General Manager
KTTV-TV, FOX 11 News

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