HSR Construction On Track For Summer
California High Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales testified at the State Capitol yesterday and declared the project was on course to begin construction this summer:
The state’s High-Speed Rail Authority has nearly doubled the size of its staff in the past six months and expects the first phase of construction to be “under contract and under way this summer,” the agency’s CEO told lawmakers Monday.
CEO Jeff Morales testified before the Assembly Transportation Committee in what its chairwoman called “the next chapter of legislative oversight” after debates last summer that culminated in the decision to appropriate the first $8 billion for what would be the nation’s first high-speed rail system.
And the CHSRA is staffing up to help get ready for groundbreaking:
The agency has hired 55 employees since lawmakers approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to move forward with the project in July, including a chief program manager who was recruited from a top position with Amtrak.
But perhaps my favorite part of the story was this, referring to last summer’s vote on the HSR project:
“Getting to that point was no easy feat,” said Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach. “That vote was a turning point. Until then, it was appropriate to debate the merits of the project. Now it’s time to move forward without regrets.”
Indeed it is.