Californians For High Speed Rail Welcomes Additional $300 million in Federal funding for Initial Construction in Central Valley

San Francisco, May 9th, 2011 – Californians For High Speed Rail (CA4HSR) welcomes the additional $300 million in Federal high-speed rail funds the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded to the California High-Speed Rail project. This brings the total Federal funding for the project to approximately $3.3 billion.

“The Federal government has once again recognized the merits of California’s high-speed rail project,” said Daniel Krause, Executive Director of CA4HSR. “By passing the visionary Proposition 1A in 2008, the voters have enabled California to leverage the largest amount of Federal funding for high-speed rail in the nation. We now have approximately $6 billion in Federal and state money to begin construction of the high-speed rail system in the Central Valley.”

This additional Federal funding, along with a 20% match from Proposition 1A, will be used to extend initial construction in the Central Valley 20 miles northward to the planned rail junction that connects to Merced and San Jose. This extension will allow for the completion of a significant portion of the test track and backbone of the California high-speed rail project between Bakersfield and Merced.

The announcement from USDOT also included $68 million for new passenger cars and locomotives for California’s Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, and Capitol Corridor trains; yet another example of how the national high-speed rail conversation continues to spark fresh investment in today’s corridor services.

Mr. Krause added, “This funding will further stimulate California’s economy, adding thousands of additional jobs in a region that has some of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.”

About Californians For High Speed Rail

Californians For High Speed Rail (CA4HSR) is a grassroots, statewide coalition of high speed rail supporters advocating for the high speed rail project approved by California voters in November 2008. Founded in 2005, we exist to educate, inform, and organize Californians about ways they can help make high speed rail a reality in the Golden State. Additionally, CA4HSR also encourages sustainable development of the high speed rail (HSR) system, promotes the building of HSR stations in city centers, transit-oriented developments, as well as developing/improving feeder transit systems. Visit us at: www.ca4hsr.org