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.
Sacramento's "Fix 50" construction project has entered day two, and traffic is slow in the area where CalTrans is repairing and resurfacing the elevated section of highway 50. Some eastbound lanes are closed.
The big "Fix 50" project beganTuesday morning in Sacramento and that means lane closures and likely congestion. Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt was out covering the impact on the morning commute.
Insight guest host Pamela Wu speaks with representatives of both Caltrans and the City of Sacramento about the Fix 50 project.
During the Fix50 highway construction project, the City of Sacramento will be trying to minimize congestion throughout the city. The City says fewer drivers on the road is the most important thing that can be done to reduce traffic on city streets.
During the "Fix 50" Project, the state of California says it's encouraging departments and agencies to tele-commuting as an option to Sacramento-area workers.