Court ruled on 2011 high-speed rail plan, not update

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 - 5:08 am

Re "Court case may derail bullet train" (Dan Walters, Aug. 20) and "Rail project could be a boon for the Valley" (Editorials, Aug. 18): As one who helped lead the successful passage of Proposition 1A in 2008, it is important to understand that the Sacramento Superior Court ruling last week did not stop the project nor did it invalidate the appropriation made last year by the Legislature to fund initial construction.

Judge Michael Kenney ruled on a lawsuit filed against the 2011 funding plan, not the significantly revised 2012 Business Plan now in effect which addressed problems in the earlier plan.

As The Bee's editorial on Sunday stated, California hasn't completed a major freeway since 2007 yet our transportation needs continue to grow. High-speed rail will provide tens of thousands of jobs in the Central Valley, improve air quality and help revitalize communities.

It's time to move forward on this transformative project that will provide jobs, economic development and a new mode of transportation for generations to come.

-- James Earp, Sacramento

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