Meetings next week in Madera and Merced are set to let farmers, business owners and residents know what to expect as the California High-Speed Rail Authority begins buying land for the first section of its planned high-speed train system.
The first approved portion of the route runs from downtown Merced to downtown Fresno, and construction is proposed to begin next year between Madera and Fresno. Between 400 and 500 parcels are likely to be needed for the Madera-Fresno section, the authority estimated.
The meetings are:
Madera: 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Madera Community College Center forum hall, 30277 Avenue 12.
Merced: 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Merced College Business Resource Center, 630 W. 19th St.