Sunday, April 27, 2008

Real high speed rail? California can vote for it in November

Perhaps the most exciting news for high speed rail in a decade comes from California as it looks almost certain that California voters will have the opportunity this November to build a high speed rail network in the state.

We intend to do everything we can to help pass this referendum as it is a statewide question of national significance.

Nothing would advance the cause of a modern passenger train network more than building one in California with a yes vote this November.

That means the campaign to pass the referendum has already begun.

Tell everyone you know who lives in California to (a) register to vote and (b) vote yes on the high speed rail bond. Start now, because I believe the hidden factor in this election will be the power of word-of-mouth. There will be more than a dozen questions on the ballot and a lot of excitement about the presidential race. It will be easy for the high speed rail question to get lost in the shuffle.

That's where you come in.

You almost certainly know a few people who live in California.

Call them. Or email them.

And ask them, as a personal favor and because it is the right thing to do, to vote yes on the high speed rail bond on the November ballot.

That is the most powerful political weapons ever invented: one person asking another person to vote.

I suspect the election will be very close, and we will need a national mobilization to win this.

Let's make it happen.


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