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 Fix 50 project by Caltrans will repair a section of U.S. Highway 50 known as the W/X Viaduct. The portion carries six lanes of traffic over surface streets and other transportation infrastructure through Sacramento.
A lot more people are expected to keep their cars at home and take mass transit starting Tuesday due to construction on Highway 50.
Mayor Kevin Johnson shares his thoughts on the "Fix 50" Project and the city of Sacramento's role in making sure commuters are prepared.
The Sacramento City Council last night approved spending $1.5 million to help ease traffic congestion on city surface streets when major construction work begins later this month on Highway 50.
According to a California Traffic Safety Survey, nearly two-thirds of people were hit or nearly hit last year by someone driving while texting or talking on a cell phone. Two hundred agencies will have officers looking for distracted drivers.