Now that dirt has turned on high-speed rail, I believe the Fresno County Board of Supervisors should support this transformative project.
Fresno is the now birthplace of true high-speed rail in America. Fifteen years from now, when trains are speeding over 200 mph in the Valley, those living here will be able board an electrically powered high-speed train and arrive in San Francisco 90 minutes later, and in downtown Los Angeles in 99 minutes. San Jose, the center of the world’s most advanced technological region Silicon Valley, will be less than a hour away.
These travel times will make it possible to conveniently and quickly move throughout the state, and without all of the hassle of airports and clogged freeways. Transit systems throughout California are improving, including here in Fresno with a new bus rapid transit connection along Fresno’s spine of Blackstone Avenue, downtown (including in the early 2020s, a stop at our future high-speed rail station), and Kings Canyon Road.
This will be the first line among many that will help our city move more efficiently, supporting those who would like to use more mass transit to help save money, save energy, and reduce pollution. This will also help preserve county farmland along with the city’s newly approved 2035 General Plan that directs much of future city growth into its existing city limits and built infrastructure.
Local governments have been moving in the right direction on our future infrastructure. Let’s form a strong regional collaboration for this project. The board should support this endeavor and the benefits it will bring both to our county and our city, Fresno.