“On behalf of the 1,500 members of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), I congratulate California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. as he signs this historic High-Speed Rail funding bill. Through Governor Brown’s leadership and vision, this bill provides $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.
Implementation of these high-speed rail investments will make the entire transportation system – air, road and rail – work better as an interconnected system. High-speed rail is the next logical step as we evolve our transportation network in the United States. This program will connect major cities that currently do not have significant air service. It will help connect suburban commuting patterns with central cities, and will connect the largest central cities while reducing airport congestion. High-speed rail will be a great boost for the local economy. It will create 600,000 full-time construction jobs over the course of building the project and 450,000 permanent new jobs will result from high-speed rail related economic growth over the next 25 years.
Establishment of a high-speed rail program will help Californians and all Americans choose the travel option that works best for their travel needs in this region. These investments will lead the way in America addressing the energy and environmental challenges of the 21st century.
The public transportation industry stands ready to work with California in making high-speed rail a success. Last week for the first time, the United States hosted the UIC World Congress on High-Speed Rail. Experts and leaders from more than 35 countries around the globe gathered in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia and provided those in the U.S. the opportunity to learn the latest in technology, construction and operations as we move forward with planning and building a high-speed rail program in America.”
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, 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. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.