In a letter to the 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 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 by facts.
At the same time, 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.