Brian Kelly is Secretary of the California Transportation Agency.
On Capital Public Radio's Insight today, Kelly said high speed rail must persevere despite litigation against the project and opposition in Washington for its $68 billion price tag.
"Yes the drought is the most recent crisis and challenge before us but we have to keep our eye on the long term and the long term in California should include viable mobility options for people to get around this great state. High speed rail, I think, is an important element in connecting our regions in a very convenient, clean and fast way."
Governor Jerry Brown is expected to put high speed rail on his list of priorities during his State of the State address tomorrow morning.
The Sacramento Regional Transit District rolled out newly refurbished light rail cars on Tuesday, adding capacity to the transit system. The refurbished cars have updated communication and safety features.
California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $3.6 billion road repair plan on Thursday, largely by asking vehicle owners to pay an annual $65 highway user fee.
Governor Jerry Brown says it’s obvious California’s crumbling roads must be repaired. Today he said he and the Legislature would come up with a plan. But he’s not sure what that plan will be.
The California Legislature is holding a special legislative session to address the state's multi-billion dollar backlog of deferred road maintenance. Today cities and counties released their priorities for the session.
California agencies are discussing how to make the state’s network of rail, highways, and ports more efficient while protecting the environment.