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124Fri, 2/8: Dukakis on HSR at UC Berkeley - free

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  • irvin dawid
    Feb 7, 2002
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      Dukakis will be speaking on High speed Rail in Berkeley this Friday.


      Published Tuesday, February 5, 2002, by the E. Bay Business Times

      Dukakis talks high-speed rail at Berkeley

      By David Goll

      Michael Dukakis, the former governor of Massachusetts who waged an
      unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 1988, will visit UC-Berkeley
      on Feb. 8 to discuss "High-Speed Rail: The Critical Link."

      Now the acting chairman of Amtrak, Dukakis is visiting the East Bay
      as a guest of UC-Berkeley's Institute of Urban & Regional Development
      and the University of California Transportation Center. He will field
      questions after his presentation from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Sibley
      Auditorium at the campus' Bechtel Engineering Center. The event is
      free and open to the public.

      His appearance comes just after Amtrak officials announced last week
      they will need $1.2 billion in federal funds during fiscal 2003 or
      they may have to curtail long-distance rail service as early as this
      fall.

      In California, a number of high-speed rail proposals that would
      connect the heavily populated San Diego and Los Angeles areas with
      the Bay Area and large Central Valley cities like Fresno and
      Sacramento are being considered by state officials. One of the
      routing proposals would bring a line up the East Bay shoreline
      between San Jose and Oakland.

      But the hefty price tag of such a major project, probable opposition
      by airlines and, if approved, many years of construction put the
      earliest date such service would be available around 2017.





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