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The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has released its latest sustainability report: Building an Equitable Future.
Electrified high-speed rail, serving as the backbone of the state rail system, will meet the state’s mobility and development goals by providing a system that connects communities, enhances economic opportunity, reduces emissions and creates the most sustainable travel option for future generations, CHSRA officials said in a news release.
“We’re committed to delivering the nation’s first truly high-speed rail system in a way that meets California’s climate goals and lifts up underserved communities,” said CHSRA Chief Executive Officer Brian Kelly.
Key milestones cited in the report include preserving or restoring more than 2,320 acres of habitat; planting 7,100 trees; avoiding 180,000 pounds of criteria air pollutants during construction; increasing small business participation to over 600 entities; and generating between $10 billion and 11.4 billion in total economic activity in the state.