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 City of Sacramento this morning opened a new freeway interchange at Interstate 5 and Cosumnes River Boulevard. But it won't do much to ease traffic congestion - at least not yet.
You may notice more people riding bikes tomorrow. Friday is the start of Bike Month held in May every year. Several road changes could make this year's event a little different.
Sacramento remains a key link to the past and present of rail transportation.
A new bill would require every California bicyclist to wear a helmet or pay a $25 fine. Existing law only requires minors under 18 to wear helmets.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was on the Google campus in Mountain View yesterday talking about how to meet the nation's future transportation problems.