Senator Boxer: "A Bullet Train for Job Creation"
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I recently attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Transbay Transit Center, an exciting project that will create thousands of construction jobs in the Bay Area while building the “Grand Central Station of the West” – a new regional transportation center and the future hub of California’s high-speed rail line.
This Transbay Transit Center project is, quite simply, a bullet train for job creation. The first phase of the project will put 48,000 Californians to work. This is so important in these tough times, which have hit the construction industry hard.
The new center will replace the outdated Transbay Terminal with a modern regional transit hub that will connect 11 transit systems, including AC Transit, BART, MUNI, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, Greyhound, SamTrans, and Amtrak. The project’s first phase was made possible thanks in part to a $400 million investment from the Economic Recovery Act.
As Chairman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, I have fought hard to increase investments in transportation and infrastructure – because we know they create jobs, ease congestion, reduce pollution, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
With the help of a federal investment of more than $2 billion and nearly $10 billion in bonds approved by the voters of California, our state’s high-speed rail system is becoming a reality. Breaking ground at the Transbay Transit Center is another big step forward.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer