State Democratic supermajority gives high-speed rail new life

State Democratic supermajority gives high-speed rail new life
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Imagine being able to get up in the morning and make it to a business meeting on the opposite side of the state in just a few hours.

It’s a goal that supporters of high-speed rail would like to see become a reality. The proposal approved by voters would allow travelers make the train ride from Los Angeles to San Francisco in the same time as a plane ride.

Newly re-elected 34th District Assemblywoman Shannon Grove believes the cultural cost of the project is too great, however.

“It's going to go through our churches, schools, our homes and prime farmland,” Grove said.

Others, such as Kern County GOP co-chair Dean Haddock, were banking on a win by the Republican presidential nominee to put the brakes on high-speed rail.

High-speed rail chairman Dan Richard said voters decision on Election Day was a positive one for California's largest infrastructure program.

"President Obama really put high-speed rail as a centerpiece of his first administration,” Richard said.

“My hope is that we can reach out to Congressman (Kevin) McCarthy and other Republicans who are the majority in the house,” Richard continued.