WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jeff Denham, member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, voiced his growing concerns and frustrations with the proposed California project in the Administration’s high-speed rail program during a House Committee hearing today. The project has recently seen its cost and construction time projections increase dramatically compared the proposal California voters originally approved.
“The California High-Speed Rail project has spun so drastically out of control even California voters are questioning its viability,” Denham said in a news release. “The project is so far from the original proposal that according to a report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the business plan does not even meet important requirements of the ballot initiative approved by California voters. I want to create jobs and expand upon our transportation portfolio, but we must be responsible for how we are spending taxpayer dollars. As we learned in today’s hearing, the Rail Authority can no longer ignore the facts that the project is lacking oversight and a disciplined plan to attract the private sector investment it needs.”
Today’s hearing was the second in a series over the past two weeks focusing on missteps in the Obama Administration’s rail program initially funded by the Stimulus, according to the news release With other large proposed projects under the program having been rejected by their state’s governors, the California project remains one of the most high profile in the program that is funding no other projects with any real high-speed potential, the release concluded.