National Coalition of Passenger Train Groups Urge California’s Governor to Break Ground on High-Speed Rail in 2012

San Francisco, January 31, 2012 - The National Association of Railroad Passengers, Californians for High Speed Rail, and Midwest High Speed Rail Association joined together this week to issue a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown, calling on his Administration to move forward with construction on the high-speed rail (HSR) project’s first segment.

[Read the full text of the letter (PDF)]

“The need to break ground this year for the Initial Construction Segment in the San Joaquin Valley is paramount to the future of HSR in the state and nation,” said the letter.  “Furthermore, HSR will serve as the catalyst for a robust expansion of California’s economy and provide a significant boost to employment in the state.”

The three leading passenger rail advocacy groups also proposed accelerating plans to engage in passenger rail investment in the HSR corridors’ densely populated endpoints.

“To ensure the necessary level of public support for the statewide HSR project, it is important that people in the major metropolitan areas (where a large portion of California citizens reside) also see tangible benefits in the first phases of construction,” continued the statement.  “We therefore urge you, in concert with the existing passenger rail agencies, to work to allocate such funds as are available to projects that will enhance public safety and improve existing rail services in corridors that high-speed rail trains will utilize upon further investments.”

About the National Association of Railroad Passengers

NARP is the only national organization speaking for the users of passenger trains and rail transit. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the U.S. Our mission is to work towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. Our work is supported by over 22,000 individual members.

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: http://www.ca4hsr.org

About Midwest High Speed Rail Association

The Midwest High Speed Rail Association is a Chicago-based member-supported non-profit organization advocating for fast, frequent and dependable trains linking the entire Midwest.  Our diverse membership base includes nearly 2,000 individuals, local governments, and corporations.  Our goal is to persuade local, state and federal governments to implement an aggressive railroad expansion and provide on-going operational support for fast trains throughout the Midwest.