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Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s hearing on California high-speed rail.
“California continues to lead the nation in developing America’s first true high-speed rail system, which will link California from Los Angeles to San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center. The Rail Authority’s recent business plan lays out a responsive, responsible, and realistic path forward. The facts are clear: over one million good-paying jobs will be created, operating costs will be surpassed by revenue from the start of passenger rides, and the alternatives would cost tens of billions more as our state’s population surpasses 50 million by 2050.
“Secretary LaHood has invested more funding in California for high-speed rail than in any other state. I stand steadfastly in support of high-speed rail and will strenuously fight any attempt to redirect California’s funding. Despite Republican roadblocks to progress, together with the business community and labor we will fulfill the promise of high-speed rail.”