Nov 222010

Last week, Kern EDC’s Executive Committee voted to encourage the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to select the Bakersfield-Fresno segment as the initial section for the intrastate rail system.

The Authority’s decision will be made on December 2, 2010.

We now ask you to seriously consider submitting correspondence recommending the Bakersfield-Fresno segment (vs. the Fresno-Merced segment) alternative.  (Please find attached a sample letter of support.)

Selection of the Southern San Joaquin Valley option will bring direct economic benefits to Kern County citizens and will even improve existing rail service:

  • $4.3 billion in federal and state funds would be targeted for this “backbone” section
  • Ten of thousands of construction jobs would be created in the Bakersfield-Fresno region
  • Until the initial segment is fully utilized, Amtrak would use the route, allowing trains to operate at 150 mph (vs. the current 78 mph).

I am also attaching a link to a related article and sample letter that can be copied and put on your letterhead:

Bakersfield-Fresno draft support