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.
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
Sacramento Regional Transit added 25 transit agents this summer and the agency is reporting a decline in people not paying for rides. Officials say they’re also seeing cleaner, quieter trains.
The City of Sacramento has created a 20-year transportation master plan that would do away with several one-way thoroughfares and would create more bike lanes.
Riding Sacramento Regional Transit light rail and buses will be more expensive beginning tomorrow.