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Debates over High Speed Rail Likely to Intensify Locally

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Local controversy over high speed rail has been more commonplace in the Bay Area, but some believe that as plans progress in Southern California for the L.A. to Anaheim segment, among others, we'll be hearing more about it.

Case in point, a recent LA Times article about HSR controversies has ruffled feathers for bloggers, creating its own meta-controversy of sorts. In one rebuttle, Robert Cruickshank at the CAHSR Blog titled a post "LA Times Reports on HSR Controversy, Not HSR Facts." Opinions on the Times and Cruickshank's writing aside, this is just the beginning of the local debate here in Southern California.

"Expect to see more of these kinds of debates," noted Damien Newton at Streetsblog LA. "As more government and private money flows in to High Speed Rail planning and construction; there's going to be more scrutiny and more controversy." And with that, bring it on.