High Speed Rail congressional hearing in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif.

The house transportation committee meeting is expected to draw hundreds of supporters of the project, along with those who have concerns.

Republican Congressman Jeff Denham of Merced is among those with concerns and wants to see much of the federal money already set aside for High Speed Rail diverted to improve Highway 99.

"There is a pot of money sitting out there right now, it's certainly dedicated for High Speed Rail, we have a highway bill coming out right now and I think we have opportunities to change any type of funding," Jeff Denham said.

"It is apples and oranges. That's the point. This money is set aside for High Speed Rail, if states don't want High Speed Rail that's their prerogative, as Ohio and Wisconsin chose not to do," Jim Costa said.

Democratic Congressman Jim Costa of Fresno, a High Speed Rail supporter - notes that efforts to divert High Speed Rail funds in Ohio and Wisconsin resulted in those states losing the money, with much of it going to California.

Construction of the statewide High Speed Rail is slated to start next year in Fresno.

The High Speed Rail meeting takes place Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the UC Center.

It's located at 550 East Shaw in Fresno. That's across the street from Fashion Fair Mall.

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