Wednesday, January 18, 2017

[TransportNews] High-Speed Rail - Setting the Record Straight

Below is a statement from the California High-Speed Rail Authority regarding interesting journalism practices by the L.A. Times.  TransportiCA is well-aware of the Times' history with the High-Speed Rail Authority and the project, and not a fan of how certain important issues seem to escape the Times' final editions.

Good afternoon,

In a letter to the California State Legislature which you can read here, we correct some serious mischaracterization and misrepresentation of information related to the California high-speed rail program in the media. An article in the Los Angeles Times, “California’s bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential federal report warns” fundamentally misrepresents the document it purported to report on, as well as the status of the program. The article misuses deliberative information to suggest cost overruns, delays and potential lapses of funds that are not borne out of facts.

The progress we have made with the strong support of the Legislature has brought significant and tangible benefits in California communities. While the challenges of implementing a major infrastructure investment can be daunting, the value to the progress and growth of our state and economy demand that those challenges are met—and the evidence shows we are meeting them.  We and everyone at the California High-Speed Rail Authority take our responsibility to deliver this landmark program seriously, and are committed to continuing transparency and oversight in carrying out those responsibilities. 

At the same time of this article, two federal reports have been released that show how investments in California’s high-speed rail program have resulted in economic benefits and job creation in the Central Valley.

U.S. Department of Transportation report introduced by Vice President Joe Biden, Shovel Worthy: What the Recovery Act Taught Us About Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure, which highlights how ARRA investments in the Central Valley have led to an economic turnaround in the region.

US Treasury Department, 40 Proposed U.S. Transportation and Water Infrastructure Projects of Major Economic Significance which shows California’s high-speed rail program as having the third-highest economic benefit of major infrastructure investments across the country.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Amy MacPherson
Information Officer I
California High-Speed Rail Authority


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