Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by several state and local officials Friday at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to announce California's application for $4.7 billion in federal money to fund a high-speed rail line.
Schwarzenegger said Californians would match the federal grant dollar for dollar with state and local funds, including money from the high-speed rail bond.
"It's disgraceful for America to be so far behind in terms of infrastructure," Schwarzenegger said, referring to international high-speed rail projects. "America must catch up. . . . We need to now have Washington's help" with this project, he said.
Officials including Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles; Los Angeles City Council members Eric Garcetti and Janice Hahn; Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle; and Dale Bonner, state secretary of business, transportation and housing, were among those who stood alongside the governor to show unity in the application for federal funds and praised the project because they said it would create some 130,000 jobs.