In the last few days, budget committees in the California Assembly and Senate voted to “defer without prejudice” funds for the San Francisco to Los Angeles high-speed line, funds the CA voters approved in 2008.
Without further action, construction on the nation’s first high-speed line will stop.
PLEASE: Tell your Assembly member and your senator that you want high-speed rail.
In mid-May, Governor Newsom proposed an $11 billion package of railroad and transit investments, including additional funds directed at the LA Olympics, passenger rail projects throughout the state and a program to close dangerous highway crossings.
By cutting high-speed rail from that package, the Assembly and Senate committees decided not to:
California high-speed rail has already driven critical advancements in safety standards, planning procedures and other policies for the country. It is the only project under construction. And, soon, California will be the only state to have full environmental clearance for a 500-mile route.
There is time to get it back on track, but not much. The final budget must be passed by June 30.
Please send a message to Sacramento.
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