CA Measure Would Repeal High Speed Rail Funding

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 04:52 PM

photo courtesy California High Speed Rail Authority

State Senator Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) introduced legislation today that would put high-speed rail back on the November ballot in California. The measure would give voters the chance to de-authorize the $9 billion bond measure passed in 2008.

According to Mark Spannagel, spokesman for Senator LaMalfa, the measure would "eliminate the project."

In a statement, LaMalfa said, “Voters have been misled about the true costs of High Speed Rail from the start. The costs have tripled since 2008 and every objective observer has said this project is too expensive and is unlikely to be completed.”

Meanwhile, in an interview in LA over the weekend, Governor Jerry Brown said that the current estimated $100 billion price tag for the project was “way off,” and said that revenue from cap and trade regulations would help finance the project.

Currently, the project has secured about $12 billion in a combination of federal funds and a state bond measure approved by voters in 2008.  In order not to lose the federal money, construction needs to begin this year, and is required to start in the Central Valley, far from major metropolitan centers.

Brown also said that he was redesigning the plan so that the first phase of construction in the Central Valley would “justify the state investment,” even if it was the only part of the rail plan ever constructed.


Comments [3]


I sadly voted for this project. That was before I realized just how stupid our politicians are. As a child I visited France and was very impressed with their High speed trains. In fact the company which manages the French trains was suppose to help us with our trains. As usual our politicians think they know more than doctors about medicine, so they made a train route so ridiculously planned that the French withdrew along with Japan and said we have a wishlist not a plan. The train was designed to go along the 5 freeway, but idiot politicians said it should go into Fresno since the only votes they could get travelling along the 5 freeway was from cows. This shows the complete stupidity of these politicians to tell railway designers how to build a railway system. Now we will have a train that goes to Bakersfield and Fresno. What Idiot would ever want to go there I wonder. The French suggested that for cities like Fresno and Bakersfield a seperate track from them could join to the mainline allowing people to visit these locations without slowing down the 99% of the rest of us who simply want to travel from LA to SF. But our politicians are morons which is why i'm looking foward to repealing this stupid worthless train proposal which will connect two parts of central California and probably stop there.

Sep. 12 2012 07:42 AM

I disagree with "Inkspots." Opposition has come about because of higher than projected costs, concern of a lack of ridership, and trashing property rights. Regarding costs, if you agreed to buy a car for $33,000, then were later told by the dealer that the price was now $98,000, you would have second thoughts--likely you would not buy the car.

Jan. 31 2012 05:56 PM

I would be interested in knowing how much State Senator Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale)pockets in contributions from the auto and auto insurance industries.

CSU students are thrilled about high speed rail. So are people who waste hours in commute traffic. There is something bogus about all this sudden "opposition."

Jan. 31 2012 01:45 PM

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