Urges State Lawmakers to Move the Project Forward
San Francisco, CA, April 2, 2012 – Californians For High Speed Rail (CA4HSR) applauds today’s release of the Revised Business Plan. After months of dialogue with legislative leaders, the public, and other stakeholders, the result is a vastly superior plan. CA4HSR strongly supports the direction of this new plan, which lowers the cost by $30 billion by building the project faster, benefits millions of residents in the near-term by accelerating improvements in the urban areas, and connects the Central Valley to urban regions with an intelligent phasing plan.
According to Daniel Krause, executive director of CA4HSR, “The release of the revised business plan for the high-speed rail project is a watershed moment in California’s history. The plan provides a sensible and realistic approach to implementing high-speed rail in California, addressing many of the legitimate concerns from the draft plan. Because this revised plan reflects feedback from around the state, we are confident it will garner widespread support.
“Given lawmakers’ high-level of involvement in the creation of the Revised Business Plan, this document is as much theirs as anyone else. They have showed great leadership by helping to craft this groundbreaking plan, which will allow California’s transportation systems to accommodate the 60 million people who will live here in the coming years. It is now time for the legislature to move this project forward without delay by releasing voter-approved bond funds to begin construction.”
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