We need to modernize our transportation system to provide clean, green, efficient transit for people and businesses throughout the district and state. Our Bullet Train project is at the forefront for solutions of how we are going to do it, and along with that comes jobs!
In 2006, the California Legislature passed and Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which set the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal into law. To meet that goal will require modernizing our public transportation.
In 2008, Californians went to the polls and voted for Prop 1A authorizing the planning and initial funding for a modernized Bullet Train project which will connect Los Angeles to San Francisco with possible future plans to extend the train down to San Diego and up beyond the Bay area.
Once upon a time, Los Angeles had a great public transit system known as the Red-line. It was infamously deconstructed by a consortium of the oil, tire, and auto companies in the early part of the last century and we have been struggling with the issue of public transportation ever since, being surpassed in technology, and completely missing the bus (so to speak) when it comes to staying modernized in our public transit for far too long. A look at our system compared to those abroad- across Europe, throughout China and Japan - is like taking a trip backward through a time machine. At long last we are stepping ahead with a giant leap, and not a minute too soon.
At present, our state has over 32 million registered vehicles, more cars and trucks that travel billions more miles than any other state.
Without high-speed rail, the existing transportation infrastructure cannot possibly meet our transportation needs or achieve the goals set forth to combat the climate crises.
While some decry the cost of the project, it must be noted that the only alternative for improved public transit is to pay for more freeways, highway lanes, and airport runways, with untold costs in the effect on our environment — water and air quality, open space, our food supply, noise, and of course, the most urgent challenge facing us, our crises of climate.
I am completely onboard for California’s Bullet Train!