CA HSR Plan B: Amtrak
"'Our purpose is to build a high-speed rail system between Northern and Southern California,' said Tom Umberg, the chairman of the California High Speed Rail Authority. 'But if there are any delays, I believe the track will have independent utility and provide increased efficiencies in the Central Valley.'
In a letter sent last year to the authority, Amtrak officials said they supported the project and interim use of the high-speed corridor. They cited potential improvements in travel time and reliability but also cautioned that cost issues and a need for faster locomotives would have to be addressed."