Assemblymember Frazier Statement on High Speed Rail Final 2016 Business Plan

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sacramento, CA Today, Assemblyman Frazier (D – Oakley) released the following statement after the High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors adopted the final 2016 Business Plan yesterday:

“The final version of the 2016 Business Plan presents a more inclusive vision on how Californians will benefit from the nation’s first high-speed rail train.

“I am pleased that the Authority recognized the importance of connecting the northern San Joaquin Valley to the system by adding Merced to the IOS and reaffirmed their commitment to early investments in Southern California. However, I continue to have concerns over the project’s financial plan, especially since the Authority failed to identify specific funding for these new additions. This allows the possibility of leaving these communities with empty promises.  

“It is my hope that as the project evolves the Authority keeps the Legislature apprised of their progress. I encourage the Authority to establish performance metrics and a timeline moving forward. As Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, my commitment to stringent oversight of this project will not waiver. We must also be mindful and question whether our state is dedicating limited resources to a project that may not be a priority above addressing our current transportation infrastructure needs. I will continue asking the tough questions and working with my colleagues to hold the Authority to the promises they made our residents.”

Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

CONTACT: Ella Strain (916) 319 – 2011