Idea Would Cut More Than 100 Track Miles in Central Valley, Killing Momentum Toward Building True High Speed Rail
San Francisco, CA, June 27, 2012 – In response to additional details to a so-called “Plan B” to shift significant high-speed rail funding out of Central Valley as reported in a June 27 Fresno Bee article, Californians For High Speed Rail (CA4HSR), a grassroots, statewide coalition of HSR supporters, issued the following statement:
“This idea for a so-called ‘Plan B’ is a non-starter. It has no realistic legitimacy due to federal restrictions that stipulate the creation of a robust full-speed high-speed rail infrastructure,” said Daniel Krause, executive director of Californians For High Speed Rail.
“The Plan B being floated would build a mere 28 miles of new track designated for high-speed rail, creating an orphan section of track in the Central Valley, killing all momentum toward building a true high-speed rail system. The current plan will build up to 130 miles of track, solidifying California’s commitment to true high-speed rail. It’s time to end the games and move forward on Governor Brown and the Authority’s plan to make high-speed rail a reality,” Krause added.
The Fresno Bee article reported that two large projects in the urban bookends are being floated to receive a bulk of the Central Valley funds – the tunnel to the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco and improvements to the Los Angeles Union Stations (including the run-through tracks south of the station).
“While the individual bookend projects being considered have merit on their own, Californians for High-Speed Rail believes that accelerating these projects at the expense of building a huge section of true HSR track is a shortsighted and irresponsible strategy,” said Krause.