(Merced, CA) – At a news conference in Merced Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced), Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), and Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) applauded the new recommendation by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to restore the Merced Station in the latest revision of the Authority’s 2016 Business Plan. Under the recommendation, the Authority will construct track connecting Merced with the rest of the Initial Operating Segment, eliminating a proposed seven year delay. “I was seriously dismayed by the Authority’s earlier announcement to delay service to Merced,” said Assemblymember Gray. “Our community has provided significant support to the High-Speed Rail project from its inception – always with the understanding that the Merced Station would be first in line. With this new commitment from the Authority, our region will be among the first to see tangible improvements, cutting commute times to San Jose to just 42 minutes by rail.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Gray in this Assembly Access video.