Fresno Co. Board of Supervisors Consider Withdrawing High Speed Rail Support

Fresno Co. Board of Supervisors Consider Withdrawing High Speed Rail Support

Supervisor Deborah Poochigan is asking fellow board members to reconsider their support for the High Speed Rail. She argues that the voters aren't getting what they voted for.
Supervisor Deborah Poochigan is asking fellow board members to reconsider their support for the High Speed Rail. She argues that the voters aren't getting what they voted for. 

Poochigan questioned the Rail Authority's CEO Jeff Morales about the ridership projections, relocation of businesses and farms and the skyrocketing cost of the project. 

"Can you do it for $45 (billion)?" Poochigan asks Morales referencing reading material that had been giving to voters.

"Our current projections are $67 Billion," Morales replied. 

Board members spent four hours of Tuesday's meeting on High Speed Rail. They heard comments from more than two dozen people, many oppose the project. 

"We as taxpayers, especially in California are going to be required forever to pay for Governor Brown's fantasy of a choo choo train," says John Tos whose farm is being cut through the middle by the planned train.

Monday the first building in Fresno was demolished to make way for the project. The Board recognizes even if they vote to no longer support the train, it likely won't stop the project form moving forward. 

"We're really on the verge here of serious work and serious job creation, good economic activity here in the county," Morales says.      
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