11/08/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

It's Time To Bring High-Speed Rail To California

With record high gas prices, growing congestion on our roads and airports, global warming and environmental concerns, and an economic situation crying out for new jobs and growth, there has never been a better time to begin work on a statewide high-speed rail system than right now.

Thankfully, California's voters will have the opportunity to make this happen in just a few short weeks. Proposition 1A on the November ballot will get the ball rolling on a statewide network of high-speed trains that will revolutionize the way we travel throughout our state.

It's no surprise that both the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle have endorsed Proposition 1A in recent days, since a high-speed rail network that runs from San Francisco and Sacramento in the north to Los Angeles and San Diego in the south will produce major benefits for our state: