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High-Speed Rail: Democrats Join Chorus of Critics

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High-Speed Rail: Democrats Join Chorus of Critics

The big question: Are we really getting high-speed rail?

After shaving $30 billion dollars off the price tag of California's bullet train project, a plan known as the "blended" plan, some politicians are taking a closer look and questioning whether or not that plan really delivers high-speed rail.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) has joined the growing chorus of Democrats, who have gone on record to share their concerns about the "blended" plan, which utilizes some existing rail lines and funnels hundreds of millions of dollars into what's known as the "bookends."

The bookends refer to transit projects that tap into high-speed rail funds but, according to rail watchdogs, don't deliver high-speed rail.

Among other Democrats who have challenged the plan is rail authority vice chair, Lynn Schenk, who just voiced dissent on the blended plan. And former state lawmakers, Alan Lowenthal and Joe Simitian, who went on record last year against the project.

Our investigative producer shows us the high-stake show-down between Amb. Buchanan and rail authority CEO Jeff Morales.

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