"Today's vote to move forward with high-speed rail is a big win for the people of California, and I congratulate the Legislature on taking action today to strengthen and grow the California economy. No economy can grow faster than its transportation network allows. With highways between California cities congested and airspace at a premium, Californians desperately need an alternative. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Brown, Senate President pro Tem Steinberg, and Assembly Speaker Perez, the construction of high speed rail in California will generate thousands of jobs and business opportunities for small businesses along the route and supplier companies throughout the state. It will ultimately deliver fast, efficient, reliable service between San Francisco Bay and the Los Angeles Basin in less than three hours. Californians have always embraced bold visions and delivered public projects that chart the way for the rest of the nation; today's vote continues that tradition of leadership."