CA4HSR, NARP, and Midwest HSR Association Issue Joint Letter
Californians For High Speed Rail (CA4HSR) issued a press release and joint letter today with the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) and the Midwest High Speed Rail Association in support of Governor Brown’s efforts to push the California project forward this year in the Central Valley, while also urging him to work to accelerate HSR-related projects in the urban areas. Our partner organizations realize as we do, that California’s project must move forward if we are to have a national program of true HSR in the near future.
CA4HSR realizes the need for folks all around the state to participate in and benefit from the high-speed rail project in the near-term. We are encouraged about what we are hearing so far from the Governor’s office in terms of how to rethink the project to garner more support, save on costs, and accelerate benefits throughout the state. CA4HSR has recently been more aggressively in advocating for near-term investments in the “bookends” due to the longer time frame envisioned in bringing HSR to the major urban areas. Of course our recent efforts to promote such urban projects is not at the expense of the Central Valley. CA4HSR still strongly supports moving forward in the Central Valley without delay.
Our hope is that this joint letter will provide more impetus in getting stakeholders around the state to come together to improve the current project by moving forward with the Central Valley section while at the same time figuring out ways to get more money to the major urban areas earlier for projects in corridors where HSR trains will eventually travel.