California is at a crossroads. We can continue business as usual, creating more of the same problems and ignoring the fact that the state is losing its competitive edge. Or, California can take a bold, new direction, leading the nation toward a future that positively impacts its people, economy and environment for generations to come. We, the young voters of California, ask our political leaders to stand up for the young generations impacted most by these decisions and recognize, once and for all, that it's time for high-speed rail in California.
Besides saving money in the long run, high-speed rail will create thousands of jobs over the life of the project. It will provide us with an alternative to high fuel prices while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving our air quality. By connecting and integrating Californians like never before, high-speed rail will also spur innovation and make us competitive in the global economy. Having world-class infrastructure to efficiently move people is of utmost importance to a future that our generation should be able to look forward to.
The alternative to high-speed rail is to perpetuate our traffic problems and continue the unsustainable and costly practice of adding more lanes to our freeways. Eventually, even this solution will prove incapable of handling the growth in our population. Knowing that doing nothing is not an option, and that continuing along the same path will end up costing more (both financially and environmentally), it would be a mistake to not invest in high-speed rail to create jobs at a time when unemployment is high, and while we still have access to federal funds to do so.