California High Speed Rail Goes Local in LA on July 29

Jul 10th, 2013 | Posted by

On July 29 Californians For High Speed Rail will be hosting an event titled “California High Speed Rail Goes Local” in Los Angeles. It will include some of California’s most prominent political leaders (and high speed rail supporters) as well as a panel discussion on HSR in Southern California.

The event is at the Caltrans building at 100 S. Main Street in downtown LA and will last from noon to 1:30pm. You can get tickets online. Program details are provided below.

Join Californians For High Speed Rail, Move LA, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for an Award Ceremony and Panel Discussion about the future of high-speed rail in Southern California. Room information to follow shortly.

Award Ceremony: Presentation of “Champion of California High-Speed Rail” Awards to Congresswomen Loretta Sanchez & Karen Bass

Californians For High Speed Rail is honored to present a “Champion of California High Speed Rail” Award to Congresswomen Loretta Sanchez and Karen Bass for their tireless work to support high-speed rail in California and nationally. They will share their experiences of being advocates for a 21st Century transportation system in Congress. We are excited that both of them will be able to join us at this event!


Special Guest: Cathleen Galgiani, California State Senator, Long-Time Advocate for High-Speed Rail

State Senator Cathleen Galgiani, who authored AB 3034 (which placed Proposition 1A on the ballot), will share her experiences as a tireless high-speed rail advocate in the California Legislature and around the State.


Panel Discussion: Building the Foundation for High-Speed Rail in Southern California

With the historic commitment by the State Legislature to fund high-speed rail, including early investments in projects that lay the foundation for high-speed rail in urban areas, Southern California leaders and the California High-Speed Rail Authority are currently exploring the next generation of rail improvements in the Basin and beyond.

Californians For High Speed Rail and our event partners are excited to facilitate a panel discussion to explore the emerging rail network in Southern California and how that ties in with high-speed rail, what projects are being considered for early investments, where we are in the planning process, and efforts to find additional funding to accelerate these critical investments. You won’t want to miss this!

Panel Speakers
Don Sepulveda, Executive Officer – Regional Rail, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Michelle Boehm, Southern California Regional Director, California High-Speed Rail Authority
John Longville, Director, Move Inland Empire
Gary L. Toebben, President & CEO of Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Daniel Krause, President, Californians For High Speed Rail

Sponsored by T.Y. Lin International, Ferrovial Agroman US Corp. and CH2M Hill

  1. Keith Saggers
    Jul 11th, 2013 at 06:27

    ACEforward focuses on making faster and better regional connections in the near-term to create an exciting expanded commuter and intercity train service connecting the Central Valley, Tri-Valley and Silicon Valley. A key goal of ACEforward is to extend ACE to Merced by 2022 to connect with the initial operating segment of high-speed rail.

    The Proposed ACEforward Project/Program The focus of ACEforward is on near-term improvements and the extension of the existing ACE service. ACEforward is aiming to offer more service to our communities (6 daily round-trips by 2018 and 10 daily round-trips by 2022) and safety improvements such as grade crossings and additional track in key locations. SJRRC is also planning to extend ACE service to the downtowns of Modesto, Turlock, and Merced and are investigating moving ACE to downtown Tracy

  2. morris brown
    Jul 11th, 2013 at 08:10


    So glad to see your event sponsored by such notables as

    Sponsored by T.Y. Lin International , Ferrovial Agroman US Corp. and CH2M Hill..

    Please note the Bay Bridge fiasco for which T.Y. Lin shares responsibility…

    Caltrans shares responsibility for the rod failures with bridge designers, T.Y. Lin International /Moffatt & Nichol Design Joint Venture, and bridge builder American Bridge/Fluor Joint Venture

  3. Paul Dyson
    Jul 11th, 2013 at 09:02

    Morris: You’d better send Robert and his cohorts a box of long spoons.

  4. James M in Irvine, CA
    Jul 11th, 2013 at 14:27

    Too bad the event can not happen at Union Station. I tried to Google it, and could not find meeting space available.


    Roger Christensen Reply:

    Across from City Hall at 1st and Main…an easy walk from Civic Center Red/Purple Line station.
    Actually, walkable from Union Station.

  5. morris brown
    Jul 11th, 2013 at 17:01

    Shh! Obama Administration Puts Brakes on XpressWest High-Speed Rail Project


    From the article:

    Once positioned by the Obama Administration as its transportation pièce de résistance, the XpressWest high-speed rail (HSR) line from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, has been derailed.

    Today, Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL) and Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI), the top congressional Republicans on the House and Senate Budget Committees, sent a follow-up letter (full text below) to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) relating information they received from the Department of Transportation (DOT): that the agency sent a letter notifying XpressWest that it is indefinitely suspending consideration of XpressWest’s $5.5 billion loan application. The lawmakers write:

    We have been informed that the letter [from the DOT] explains that “serious issues persist” with the XpressWest loan application; that there are “significant uncertainties still surrounding the project”; and that, as a result, [the DOT] has “decided to suspend further consideration” of the XpressWest loan request.


    See full article for many more details.


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