Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Senate Cuts CA's High Speed Rail Funding, Rally at Union Station Set for Today

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

hsrprop1aballot2.jpg

This morning, officials from various groups, including two L.A. City Councilmembers, will urge Senator Dianne Feinstein to continue her support and leadership of California's high speed rail proposal and $4 billion in funding designated in the 2010 transportation spending bill.

While the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that included $4 billion in funding for the high speed rail network, which would speed passengers between L.A. and San Francisco in under three hours, the Senate earlier this fall cut the line item by 75 percent, to $1.2 billion. The bill, currently in a Seante conference committee, will be finalized later this month and be up for final passage soon.

Advocates say that a high speed rail network--in full, it's planned to be between San Diego and Sacramento--would eliminate 92 million vehicle trips a year and will be half the cost of freeway and airport expansions that will otherwise be needed.

Support for LAist comes from

L.A. City Council Transportation Committee chair Bill Rosendahl and councilmember and candidate for Lt. Governor Janice Hahn will be at the rally, scheduled for 8:45 a.m. this morning at Union Station.

In October, California submitted a federal grant application, seeking $4.8 billion in stimulus money. The results of the application could be announced as early as January.