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 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.
Last night, the Sacramento Regional Transit Board of Directors approved moving ahead with improvements for light rail and bus service.
Light rail stations in Sacramento could be a lot cleaner and safer in the next several months.