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.
California Senate Democrats want to tackle unfinished business from last legislative session – including fixing the state’s aging infrastructure and boosting affordable housing. Meanwhile, Assembly Democrats are setting their budget priorities.
Thousands of drivers are taking part in a statewide experiment to see how California might replace its gas tax. As more vehicles hit the highway without ever buying fuel, the state is looking for a better way to pay for roads.
Some Sacramento high school students are getting their poetry in front of a lot of people this fall. You'll have to get on a bus to read them.
Vehicles colliding with wildlife is costing California more than $225 million annually, according to a new study from UC Davis. The study suggests that money could go into building ways for wildlife to cross roads safely.
A major thoroughfare in Elk Grove and South Sacramento County will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. Work crews will block Calvine Road from Power Inn to Elk Grove-Florin roads so that they can repair tracks at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing