"By approving a nearly $10-billion bond in November, voters spoke loud and clear that rail, including intercity, commuter and high-speed, must play a greater role in addressing the transportation and environmental challenges we face in the 21st century," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "On top of stimulating the California economy, federal investment in California's rail systems will help lay a sustainable foundation for economic growth, help us meet our environmental goals and improve quality of life here in California."
California is home to the 2nd, 3rd and 6th busiest intercity passenger rail corridors in the nation. With nearly 5.6 million annual passengers, California has more than 20 percent of all Amtrak riders and represents half of the total ridership on Amtrak's state-supported intrastate and intercity services. Since 1990, the state has invested more than $1.3 billion in infrastructure and equipment and more than $900 million in operating support to intercity passenger rail.