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  1. Building the National System Steve Heminger Executive Director Metropolitan Transportation Commission October 15, 2010

  2. “You’ve got to accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. And latch onto the affirmative.Don’t mess with Mister In-Between” – Bing Crosby, 1944(lyrics by Johnny Mercer)

  3. 1. Connectivity Is Key 3 3

  4. 2. Deliver Early Co-Benefits 4

  5. 3. Reward Self-Help 5

  6. 4. Environmental Review(s) Run Amok

  7. 5. High-Speed Rail Is NOT Stimulus SOURCE: Transportation Weekly

  8. 6. There’s No Such Thing as a Democratic or a Republican Road…

  9. “ The Commission envisions anintercity passenger rail network that provides competitive, reliable, and frequent passenger service, comparable to world-class systems in other countries. This network would primarily connect regionsand population centers within 500 miles of each other.”

  10. Metropolitan Transportation Commissionwww.mtc.ca.gov