Assemblymember Jim Frazier Introduces Bill to Provide Legislative Oversight on High Speed Rail Project

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sacramento, CA Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) introduced AB 1813, legislation that would add two ex officio members – one from the Assembly and one from the Senate – to the High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors.

The high-speed rail project is currently the largest infrastructure project in the United States and is estimated to cost California $68 billion. By adding two ex officio members, AB 1813 allows the Legislature to provide oversight, counsel, and assistance regarding the development and construction of the high-speed rail system.

“It is the Legislature’s job to act in the interest of California’s residents and participate in conversations about a program of this size and complexity,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “Open communication between the Authority and its other government partners is necessary in order to successfully achieve the goals set by the Legislature and the voters.”

Frazier also announced that the Assembly Committee on Transportation will hold an oversight hearing on high-speed rail to receive an update on the project and review the Authority’s new Business Plan on March 28th.

“As Chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, I find it important to allow more time to hear the thoughts and concerns about the project from all stakeholders,” said Frazier. “I look forward to discussing the updated Business Plan with the Authority and the public.”

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.

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