The Greater Merced High-Speed Rail Committee leadership said it met the new executive director of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Roelof van Ark, to discuss the overall development of the statewide high-speed rail system.
Merced County Supervisor John Pedrozo, Merced Mayor Bill Spriggs and Greater Merced High-Speed Rail Committee co-chairman Dr. Ben Duran were among the leaders who met van Ark to determine how the Committee Merced Community can help the authority in lobbying for federal funding to build the Merced-to-Bakersfield section of the high-speed rail system.
They also discussed the design and engineering progress of the downtown Merced high-speed rail station which, according to a news release, is ahead of schedule. The committee said it will also continue to advocate for the Castle site for the high-speed rail heavy maintenance facility which would provide the local community about 1,500 jobs.
The committee described itself as “the leading authoritative voice on high-speed rail in the Merced community.”
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It’s made up of local elected officials, representatives from cities, Merced County, UC Merced, Merced College, the Merced Farm Bureau, community-based organizations, labor and private industry. The committee said it supports the development of California’s first high-speed rail line with a station in downtown Merced and the heavy maintenance facility located at Castle Commerce Center.
For more information on the Greater Merced High-Speed Rail Committee and high-speed rail in general visit www.mercedhighspeedrail.com or contact Mike Conway of the city of Merced at (209) 385-6834 or Mark Hendrickson of the county of Merced at (209) 628-6147.