Local officials on Monday impressed a California High-Speed Rail Authority commissioner with their pitch to locate the project's heavy maintenance yard in Fresno.
Commissioner Bob Balgenorth said Fresno County officials have put a lot of thought into how the facility would benefit the region and the state.
"This clearly is a community that wants high-speed rail," Balgenorth said.
A site near Highway 99 and American and Cedar avenues just south of Fresno is one of a handful from Merced County to Kern County being considered for the heavy maintenance yard.
Fresno Works -- a group of county officials and organizations -- hosted Balgenorth at a downtown Fresno luncheon Monday. After the luncheon, he took an airplane ride over the proposed sites of the maintenance yard and a downtown rail station.