A dozen Chinese government and railroad officials will visit Fresno on Saturday to learn more about local plans for California's proposed high-speed rail system.
Representatives of Fresno Works expect to meet with the delegation to discuss their hopes to attract a maintenance depot for high-speed trains for a site at the south edge of Fresno.
In addition to a video tour of the expected high-speed rail route through the Fresno area, several of the visitors will go on a helicopter tour over the depot site.
Fresno Works is a joint effort of city and county elected officials and business leaders working to bring the maintenance facility project -- and as many as 1,500 permanent jobs -- to Fresno County.
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The Chinese delegation includes representatives from the Ministry of Railways and China Railway Construction Corp. Also meeting with the Chinese will be program management consultants for the California High-Speed Rail Authority.