Right now. California is at a crossroads.
It can move forward with building a high-speed rail system that connects the Bay Area to Los Angeles in under three hours—or it can cling to the short-term thinking that gives us clogged roads, dirty air, and a global climate crisis.
Specifically, the state can electrify the rail line now being built in the Central Valley, or it can give up on that goal and divert those funds to commuter rail upgrades in Los Angeles.
The High Speed Rail Alliance honored several exceptional advocates for rail and transit service at its fall meeting on Oct. 23.
HSRA’s “high-speed rail champions” were Representative Jay Hoffman and Senator Steve Stadelman of the Illinois General Assembly, along with Illinois Deputy Governor Christian Mitchell. Sen. Martin Sandoval and Gov. J.B. Pritzker were honored in absentia.
Can you help grow our membership base quickly?
Why? The FAST Act, which governs federal transportation policy, expires on September 30, 2020.
High-speed rail advocates from all around the country need to get involved to ensure that the replacement includes high-speed rail.
We will be rolling out a new campaign to to get people engaged in the FAST Act shortly. But, there is a fun way that you can help us grow right now.
We have travel mugs, posters and other goodies to encourage donations and to help members spread the word.
For those of us aching for more fast, frequent and reliable trains around the country, the State of Illinois’ upgrades to Lincoln Service trains between Chicago and St. Louis is a great project—but it’s taking longer than we’d like. Let’s take a look at what’s been accomplished, and what challenges remain.
This week, the Los Angeles Times reported on a plan forming in the California legislature to divert $5 billion in high-speed rail funds to commuter rail upgrades in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
We’re all about fast, frequent and reliable trains.
What do we mean when we say “fast?” New high-speed trains around the world continue to push that definition.
California continues to move ahead with its critical first segment of high-speed line.
Last week, the high-speed rail authority released a request for proposals for the contract to design, build and maintain the track and systems along the 119-mile initial segment in the Central Valley. This includes the track, signals, overhead electrification and station platforms.