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Gunnar Hand Discusses High-Speed Rail and the Future of Bakersfield on KGET-TV

Source: KGET-TV "Kern County in Depth"

On Saturday, April 29th, NBC network affiliate KGET-TV broadcast a segment on high-speed rail in Bakersfield​, California. In the segment, news anchor Jim Scott leads a discuss the potential of high-speed rail to revitalize the city's downtown area. Joining him in studio were SOM Associate Gunnar Hand, City Councilman Andre Gonzalez, and Community Development Director Jacquelyn Kitchen.​

In 2015, the Bakersfield City Council voted unanimously to hire SOM to develop the Downtown Bakersfield High-Speed Rail Station Area Plan. As part of the California High-Speed Rail System, which is slated to run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin by 2029, this effort will develop a vision for the downtown area around the proposed station site. ​

Describing the process of planning for the transit-oriented development, Hand shares on the KGET-TV segment, "What we discovered with the community and through our research is that to make downtown Bakersfield high-speed ready, is the same thing as revitalizing downtown Bakersfield."

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