The Alliance for Sustainable Transit and Jobs was formed to provide constructive public input in support of the San Francisco-to-San Jose section of California’s High-Speed Rail line.
Design and construction of the San Francisco-to-San Jose section would directly create 11,400 jobs and be responsible for a total of 34,200 jobs. It would attract unprecedented federal funding to jump-start our local economy, creating $3 billion in immediate economic activity and $7-$9 billion in the next 20 years.
High-speed rail would eliminate over 12 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, reduce traffic on local freeways and ensure CalTrain can improve safety and replace old, inefficient diesel engines with clean electric trains.
This unprecedented alliance of small and large companies, labor unions and professional associations from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties has come together to support the 65% of pro-jobs and pro-sustainable transportation local voters who backed Proposition 1A for High Speed Rail in November 2008.
Charter members of the Alliance include:
• San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA)
• Silicon Valley Leadership Group
• Bay Area Council
• San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
• San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce
• Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce
• Building & Construction Trades Council of San Mateo County, AFL-CIO
• Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council
• San Francisco Building & Construction Trades Council
• South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council
• San Francisco Labor Council
• San Mateo County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
• San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association
• Millbrae Chamber of Commerce
Throughout the current planning and environmental study period, we will use professional research, traditional mass communication and cutting-edge social media to identify, engage and mobilize local supporters of high-speed rail in the public process, and ensure a “win-win” solution that benefits everyone: construction of a high-speed-rail network from San Francisco to San Jose and beyond.
Since the Alliance is an advocacy organization, no public funds can be used and all communications and other expenses must be privately funded by donations from supportive organizations and individuals. Alliance members will be working in the coming months to identify, recruit and engage additional supporters in order to build the strong and diverse organization that will be necessary to ensure that our message is communicated to residents and businesses along the rail line.
In addition, the Alliance will be working with our identified supporters across the region so they can communicate their support for the project to policymakers at every level of government.
To get involved, please contact the coalition directly via email: info@allianceSTJ.com.