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
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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