$3.4b for HSR is top-ranked stimulus project for Bay Area Council
- Published Saturday, June 6, 2009, by KCBS Radio AM 740
Bay Area Council Recommends $3.4B for High Speed Rail
By Barbara Taylor
SAN FRANCISCO -- The prospects of federal dollars for high speed rail in the Bay Area got a boost Friday as the Bay Area Council recommended that fast trains receive $3.4 billion in economic stimulus funding
The State had asked the Bay Area Council to identify the best proposals in the region to receive federal stimulus money. The council came back with a list without about 100 recommendations, and in terms of funding, high-speed rail was placed at the top.
About $500 million of the total $3.4 billion would go to expand the Diridon Transit Station in Downtown San Jose, a critical piece of the puzzles says Ron [BATN: Rod] Diridon, a member of the High Speed Rail Authority Board.
"The high speed trains will stop there, all of them, both the express trains that go on down to San Francisco as well as the local trains, and it will be a very busy terminal."
Other federal stimulus monies would go to San Mateo and San Francisco, including the Transbay Terminal Project.
For the Bay Area Council, high speed rail is a perfect fit for stimulus money because it's a regional project that would provide economic benefit for the entire bay area.
The Bay Area Council's recommendations are not binding, but will carry some weight in Sacramento and Washington when decisions about stimulus funding are made.