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One Planet: The future of high-speed rail in California

Feb 24, 2019

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss the future of California's high-speed rail project. Governor Gavin Newsom has called off the $77 billion plan to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is now proposing a shorter route connecting Merced to Bakersfield. 

What are the social and environmental benefits of high-speed trains? What can we learn from other countries with high-speed rail systems? 

Guests:

Kurtis Alexander, general assignment reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Elizabeth Deakin, professor emerita of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley 

Web Resources:

UCLA: As high-speed rail gains momentum, U.S. can look to Europe's example

Governing: Trump Cancels High-Speed Rail Funding for California and Demands Back Billions

VOX: Why US public transportation is so bad — and why Americans don’t care