Fiona Ma for State Assembly

Movement To Build High-Speed Train Network Continues

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. -- Rep. Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, said in a press release Thursday that the movement to build a network of high-speed trains in the California has moved one step closer to becoming a reality.

According to the press release, the house rail transportation bill passed with overwhelming support Wednesday. The bill includes $1.75 billion available to states to help fund high-speed rail across the country.

"High speed rail is the answer to so many problems faced by California," Ma said, according to the press release. "With this vote, the Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi and the House made a statement that California will have a partner in funding a project that will ease congestion, improve air quality and create jobs."

Rep. Jim Costa, D-California, played a crucial role in ensuring California would be eligible for grant money specifically for the high-speed rail, according to the press release.

Pelosi helped to secure the passage of the bill, which passed by a vote of 311-104. The bill would make $350 million available annually for high-speed rail projects through 2013, according to the press release.

In November, California voters will have the opportunity to approve a $9.95 billion bond measure that will begin construction on a high-speed rail system from San Diego to Sacramento including stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to the press release.

"With no foreseeable end to the rising cost of gas at the pumps, Californians are looking for a more reliable and cost efficient mode of transportation," Ma said, according to the press release.