The California High-Speed Rail Authority has initiated the nation’s first high-speed rail system to connect the state’s population centers and boost economic development in California. The high-speed rail system includes the Bakersfield-Fresno-Merced section, regional bookend investments, and Phase 1 (San Francisco to Anaheim) environmental clearance. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs.
- AA is working directly with the Southern California office and the environmental and engineering teams on the strategic direction and communications plan for Southern California, which includes outreach to stakeholders at all levels, ranging from elected officials to individual citizens and includes a strong environmental justice outreach component.
- AA has planned and hosted hundreds of public meetings, small community focus groups, and mobile outreach events.
- AA pioneered the use of dynamic content on large flat-screens in lieu of static display boards and made live English/Spanish webcasts a standard element of the outreach program for each round of public meetings.