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Neighbors flock to first local high-speed rail meeting

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - High-speed rail may carve a path for the future of transportation, but first it has to carve a path through some local neighborhoods. People flocked to the first local meeting to sound off before it's too late.

John Kreitzer is a local businessman and is keeping a close eye on the changes being made along Interstate 15 for the proposed high-speed rail system that would cast a possible 60-foot tall tower over his company.

"Our future development plans for our property could be affected by it," Kreitzer said.

The train designed to travel at speeds of 200 miles per hour would link San Diego to L.A. and continue on to San Francisco, and eventually Sacramento. But many think the 2020 time table is the best case scenario and the project managers haven't taken everything into account, specifically the amount of money it will take to build.

"If we work the simple math and see that $260 million times 800 miles, you come up with $200 billion or more, not $43 billion," Peter Tereschuck said.

Peter Tereschuck worked in the public rail transportation business for more than 40 years and recently retired as the general manager from the San Diego Trolley system. He was concerns that all the true costs are being added in, something that concerns others here looking for some answers.

"I think the jury's still out on that, I don't know whether it's worth the cost," he said.

Mike Zdon, the project director for the leg of the rail system from L.A. to San Diego, says yes, the costs could and most likely will fluctuate between now and the time they break ground. He adds that they are taking public input to help minimize possible litigation issues with the project and take all input into account for future plans.

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