REP. SANCHEZ AFFIRMS SUPPORT OF HIGH SPEED RAIL DURING TRANSPORTATION HEARING
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) today testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on the importance of high speed rail in California. Rep. Sanchez argued that a high speed rail system is a much needed transportation project and a critical job creator for the state. Video is available at http://youtu.be/ch8Jf4o3v7s.
“This is bold, this is big, and in other words, this is Californian. [High speed rail] is the best project for getting us out of this real recession,” said Rep. Sanchez. “There are a couple of realities in California. Our unemployment rate is still stuck at over 8% and we have some of the worst traffic congestion in the nation. High speed rail moves both of those points.”
“In the first five years of construction alone, California’s high speed rail system will support 100,000 new constructions job in areas where we need our people to work. It is estimated that there will be over one million direct and indirect jobs in my area,” continued Sanchez.
Rep. Sanchez referenced the air and road delays that Californians have come to live with, but that waste valuable time and fuel. Every year, auto congestion drains $18.7 billion in lost time and wasted fuel from the state’s economy and flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco are some of the most delayed in the nation.
Rep. Sanchez also spoke of her experience in transportation infrastructure financing, expressed her willingness to stop projects that are not on sound financial footing, and confirmed that, “this is the time for this project. I believe that the [High Speed Rail] Authority has worked very hard to put together a finance plan that will work for Californians.”
“This is an important project, it’s important for jobs, it’s important for our economy and I urge you, we all need to work together to make this a reality,” finished Rep. Sanchez.