Sanders: City stands ‘firmly behind high-speed rail’
Mayor Jerry Sanders, testifying Thursday at a meeting of the California High-Speed Rail Authority in San Diego, said he supports the plan to connect the state with trains capable of hitting speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.
“We stand firmly behind high-speed rail and will do all we can to bring it to San Diego,” Sanders said. “It will help fuel our economy, help the environment and improve our quality of life.”
The board of the High-Speed Rail Authority, the state agency charged with planning the statewide high-speed train project, held its monthly meeting at the San Diego Association of Governments’ downtown headquarters.
Last week, California was awarded $2.25 billion in federal economic stimulus money to start the process of building a segment of the high-speed rail network from Anaheim to San Francisco.
Ultimately, the high-speed rail will be extended to connect San Diego and Los Angeles, through Riverside, but none of the federal money was dedicated to that segment of the project.
California voters in November 2008 approved Proposition 1A, which authorized $9.95 billion in bond funds to be used toward the project, which is projected to cost $45 billion.