Target: California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairperson Dan Richard
Goal: To show support for the plans of a high-speed train project throughout California
With a population of 37,691,000 in 2011, California is in need of more transportation infrastructure. The plans for an electrically powered high-speed train system will have many economic, environmental, and community benefits. With 800 miles of track and up to 24 stations throughout the state stretching from San Diego to San Francisco, the new system will meet the continuously growing need for an alternative to automobile driving.
In terms of economic benefits, a high-speed rail system will provide tens of thousands of family-supporting jobs. Construction jobs would include the building of trains, rails, and stations. Operation and maintenance will provide 450,000 permanent jobs statewide. Even more jobs will be created through businesses along the route. A high-speed train system will also increase and improve the movement of people, goods and services.
The train system will be electrically powered through renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. Traveling by train will improve energy efficiency, cut air pollution, and reduce the dependence on foreign oil. A high-speed rail system will use only one-third the energy of airplanes and one-fifth the energy of a family car. What’s more, is that the train system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 12 billion pounds per year, according to Navigant.
The California Rail System will provide a cheaper, faster, and more convenient means of travel. It will revitalize communities and economic development around the new train stations. Public safety will increase because roads and highways will be less congested, leading to less car accidents. Show your support for California’s plans for a High Speed Train project and a better way of life by signing the petition.
Dear Mr. Richard,
I commend your commitment and plans to improve transportation infrastructure through a high-speed rail system in California. The plan for a train system is perfect to boost our economy, as it will provide environmentally responsible means of transportation and create community development.
I am writing to you to show my support for the High-Speed Rail System Project. Train travel is a cheap, fast, and convenient way to travel and I will definitely use and support the system once it is built. Thank you for your dedication and hard work.
[Your Name Here]
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