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CHSRA signs cooperation agreement with southern California communities, seeks input on maintenance facility development

Yesterday, the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) approved a memorandum of understanding with southern California communities to cooperate in the development of the state’s high-speed rail system.

CHSRA inked the agreement with the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, which represents cities along the Los Angeles-to-Anaheim leg of the proposed system.

“We can’t build this project alone — we need partners,” said CHSRA Board Chairman Curt Pringle in a prepared statement. “This agreement and others we entered into are designed to establish a positive and clear working relationship between the authority and our regional partners.”

Meanwhile, the CHSRA board set a Jan. 15, 2010 deadline for requests for expressions of interest from local governments, public transit agencies, private companies and others who want to participate in the planning, development and operation of maintenance facilities on the 800-mile statewide network.

Maintenance centers will be built throughout the state, but a number of facilities, including a heavy maintenance depot, are expected to be located in the Central Valley because of its central location.

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