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California High Speed Rail Causing Controversy In Kings County

Aired 11/7/13 on KPBS News.

California’s High Speed Rail project continues to move forward, and it continues to cause controversy.

California's High Speed Rail project continues to move forward, and it continues to cause controversy. The board overseeing the project voted Thursday to adopt an alternate route through Kings County between Fresno and Bakersfield. The board says moving the route farther east will do less damage to the environment. Federal authorizes will now weigh in on the decision.

Ross Browning, who lives in Kings County said the high speed rail project will be devastating to local agriculture.

"This is the destruction of Kings County's highly efficiently planning, construction and operations of farms and dairies. This project should not be here."

Browning's concerns were echoed by several others in the meeting. Kings County officials have filed a lawsuit against the project. A hearing on the suit is scheduled for Friday in Sacramento.

But supporters of the project say it will bring jobs to the Central Valley and provide rapid transportation around the state.

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