High speed rail is already helping California's economy
Construction on the system has already created more than 60,000 job years. (A job year is one year of work for one person.) Roughly 25,000 of those job years are in the Central Valley, a region with high unemployment and poverty rates. That’s roughly $1.4 billion in labor income for workers in the Valley alone.
More than 600 of them have participated in the ongoing construction. And the impact isn’t limited to just California. Nationally, businesses based in more than 42 states have worked on some component of the project.
For example, the Central Valley segment will slash travel times from Bakersfield to Merced to about an hour (versus 2.5 hours today).
The system will also connect the Valley much more tightly to both Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. The trip from Fresno to San Jose, for example, will be just 53 minutes (versus 2.5 hours).
From Fresno to L.A., the trip will be just 90 minutes (versus 3.5 hours).
Most importantly, it boosts access to job and educational opportunities by increasing the mobility of workers and students.
Whole new worlds of opportunity open up when people have a fast, reliable, and affordable way to get to work and school.
Soon, the California Legislature will vote on whether to release $4.1 billion in voter-approved funds to continue building 220-mph, electrified, high-speed rail linking Los Angeles and San Francisco. We need to make sure they vote yes.