It has been a clean year for the construction of the high speed train project in California.
California High Speed Rail Authority
As California kicks off Climate Week 2021, the California High-Speed Rail Authority released its latest sustainability report: Building a Fair Future, detailing how this nation’s first project is positively contributing to the fight against climate change. and helps build the most technologically advanced. , electrified and fair transportation system in California.
The electrified high-speed train, serving as the backbone of the state’s rail system, will achieve the state’s mobility and development goals by providing a system that connects communities, improves economic opportunities, reduces emissions and creates the most sustainable travel option for future generations.
“We are committed to delivering the nation’s first high-speed rail system in a way that meets California’s climate goals and uplifts underserved communities,” said Brian Kelly, CEO of the Authority. “The work done today will improve the air we breathe and improve the economic situation of historically disadvantaged areas of the state. This is a system meant to serve all Californians, so it’s important that we consider all communities and invest in a workforce that reflects the diversity of the state.
“Social equity is an essential component of sustainability at the Authority,” said Margaret Cederoth, Director of Sustainability and Planning for the Authority. “Beyond the environmental benefits, this project will have lasting socio-economic impacts on communities across California. It is essential that we develop high-speed rail to consciously promote inclusive and equitable growth.
In the past year, the Authority has received national recognition with the Envision Platinum rating for the program. The Envision Platinum rating is the highest award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, and this award was the first time that a program of the size and complexity of the state’s high-speed rail project has deserved such an honor. .
Other key milestones this year include:
- Preserve or restore over 2,320 acres of habitat;
- Plant 7,100 trees;
- Avoid 180,000 lbs of major air pollutants during construction;
- Increase the participation of small businesses to more than 600 entities; and
- Generating between $ 10 billion and $ 11.4 billion in total economic activity in the state.
The annual report details the Authority’s efforts from January 1 to December 31, 2020. A copy of the full report is available at hsr.ca.gov/sustainability. The California High-Speed Rail Authority is currently under construction along 119 miles in the Central Valley of California on more than two dozen yards. The project employs an average of nearly 1,100 workers per day. To learn more about construction, visit: www.buildhsr.com.
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