The American Public Transportation Association is pleased that California has reaffirmed its commitment to high-speed rail. On Friday, July 6, the California State Senate passed a budget measure in favor of high-speed rail. That vote, in addition to similar action by the Assembly earlier in the week, authorizes the state to provide $2.7 billion in funds that the U.S. Department of Transportation will match with $3.3 billion — a total of $6 billion that will go to funding the initial, 130-mile high-speed segment in the Central Valley region.
“The travel needs of Californians and all Americans – today and in the future – require a balanced transportation system that will enable Americans to choose the travel option that works best for their travel needs,” said Michael Melaniphy, APTA president and CEO. “These investments will make the entire transportation system – air, road and rail - work better as an interconnected system. High-speed and high-performance rail is a necessary and logical evolution in the transportation network of the United States and will help America meet the economic, energy and environmental challenges of the 21st Century.”
This coming week APTA will host the UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail from July 10-13. Experts and leaders from more than 35 countries around the globe will gather in Washington DC and Philadelphia to share best practices on high-speed rail. The United States will have an opportunity to learn the latest in technology, construction and operations as we move forward with planning and building HSR.
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.