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High Speed Rail bypasses Visalia

October 29, 2009–California’s long-awaited high speed rail just got one step closer yesterday.  A public relations firm in Sacramento will earn $9 million to spread the gospel of commuter rail.  The Central Valley has long been chained to the congested Highway 99 corridor, and yet the question remains whether enough riders will use a high speed rail if one is ever built.  The latest route indicates bypassing Visalia in favor of Hanford although this really determines who gets the large parking lot such a rail station will entail.  Perhaps a 15 minute vehicle commute to Hanford will work out just fine.