LaHood says Sacramento's mass transit hub is a model project and similar to the type of transportation projects currently being pushed by Democrats in the U.S. Senate. But, he is against the House version which strips funding from High Speed Rail.
LAHOOD: "The House transportation bill is the worst transportation bill I have ever seen in 35 years of public service.""
LaHood says he is pleased with California's High Speed Rail leadership, despite recent cost estimates that have more than doubled to almost $100 billion.
Mayor Johnson says he would welcome High Speed Rail and hit up the Secretary for more federal grant money.
JOHNSON: "This project is case in point of a sterling example of what could happen if a city gets it act together."
LaHood was asked about the cost of High Speed Rail and if the feds are in no matter what, or is there a price point at which the government would back off.
LAHOOD: "We're in. California has a good plan. Also, California has new leadership for High Speed Rail. The Governor has appointed new people to the board.""
State Republican lawmakers are pushing for a ballot measure to give voters a chance to cancel the project they approved in 2008.
Even supporters of High Speed Rail, like the Train Riders Association of California, say the first stage of the High Speed Rail project should connect highly populated areas like the Bay Area, Los Angeles, or Sacramento. Currently the first stage would connect Merced to Fresno.