The #Iwillride Story
Born in the heart of California’s Central Valley, #Iwillride was founded by college students who support options in mobility and transportation, and the development of California’s high-speed rail system. #Iwillride members believe that this significant investment in the state’s transportation infrastructure, mass transit, and transit-oriented development will offer regional connectivity, economic opportunity, and an environmentally-friendly alternative for transportation into the 21st Century.
These students recognize that high-speed rail will provide a safe, affordable, and fast train service from Northern to Southern California through the Central Valley. They imagine opportunities to explore California, as a passenger; working or relaxing in comfort, visiting family and friends, and accessing cultural and entertainment venues.
#Iwillride members participated in the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s historic groundbreaking ceremony in January 2015 with Governor Brown and other officials. Additionally, they have spoken to state legislative committees, members of Congress, local governments, and the media to add their voices to the discussion regarding the need for California to build the nation’s first high-speed rail system.
After graduation, former #Iwillride college chapter members are working in a variety of industries including business, communications, and other technical professions. And, some former members have become chapter mentors after graduating. Additionally, former college members and supporters have formed an #Iwillride professionals group to continue to stay engaged in the conversation about high-speed rail and related topics.