California is building North America’s first electrified, high-speed line.
It will be a breakthrough for California, and for the U.S., by:
1. Connecting hundreds of cities and towns.
2. Slashing carbon emissions.
3. Driving transportation innovation nationwide.
The state legislature needs to appropriate the next round of bond funds this spring. Please join with us in urging the legislature to move forward by signing the petition.
Dear members of the California State Legislature,
Please appropriate the remaining $4.2 billion Prop 1A funds for California high-speed rail, as recommended by Governor Newsom’s state budget proposal. This voter-approved funding will go towards completing the full 220-mph, electrified, high-speed line from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
Linking Los Angeles and San Francisco via the Central Valley is important for keeping the state an attractive place to live and work. It is a vital tool for meeting the state’s emission reduction goals. And, it is a critical component of an integrated network of trains and buses that will improve transportation for the entire state.
Completing the Merced – Fresno – Bakersfield segment with electrified high-speed track is the essential first step.
This straight and flat 171-mile segment is the backbone of the statewide rail network. It will allow CA to test trains going as fast as 220 mph—the first true high-speed line in the United States.
It will slash 90 minutes off the travel times for hundreds of city pairs through connecting trains and buses, which will also see expanded service.
With over 50 structures built or being built, 7,200 total jobs and $10-11 billion in economic activity generated, this project has helped the Central Valley during a difficult time. Expediting the completion of the Merced – Bakersfield segment is the most prudent course to take.
The funding will also allow the CA High Speed Rail Authority to complete the environmental planning for the entire SF to LA/Anaheim project. As well as support transit projects on the North and South end of the line that will eventually connect to the completed project. Both of these efforts have made significant progress and are critical to making sure the entirety of Phase 1 is completed.
With record funding for passenger rail in the latest infrastructure bill, there is an opportunity for California to apply for additional federal grants that can fast track the project. But first, the legislature has to show their commitment to finishing the project by appropriating the remaining voter-approved Prop 1A funds.
It’s time to seize this opportunity and complete California High-Speed Rail now.
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