The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously passed Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s resolution calling on state lawmakers to release Proposition 1A funds to begin construction on the California High-Speed Rail system. The Council cited the project’s merits as an alternative means of transportation, its advancement of President Obama’s and Governor Brown’s goal to reduce greenhouse gases and its dramatically lowered cost.
“With this revised business plan, we will see a statewide rail system developed faster and for less money, with trains capable of running 220 miles per hour gliding through the San Joaquin Valley and into the San Fernando Valley by 2022,” said Councilmember Tom LaBonge, author of the resolution. “In order to stay on this timeline and put laborers back to work as early as next year, the Legislature must release Prop. 1A funds to match ARRA monies.”
The Council’s resolution praised the High-Speed Rail Authority’s Revised 2012 Business Plan for lowering the project’s cost to $68.4 billion. The plan also extends the initial operating segment of the system into the San Fernando Valley, beginning in the Central Valley city of Madera and creating direct connectivity to San Francisco and downtown Los Angeles using existing urban commuter rail lines.
Gubernatorial Appointee Dan Richard, the Board Chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority, made a presentation to the board before the vote.