(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after attending a Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads Oversight Field Hearing on California High-Speed Rail – with a focus on the 2018 Business Plan and potential $100 billion cost.
LaMalfa said: “When California voters approved Proposition 1A, the project was set to cost a total of $33 billion, funded by equal parts federal, state, and private investment. After countless delays, skyrocketing costs, and decreasing functionality, this project has lost all feasibility and is doomed for failure. Now with a projected price tag near $100 billion and more uncertainty than ever, I think it’s time California move on from this failed idea and focus on infrastructure projects which could actually benefit our state. California has far more pressing needs, such as water infrastructure and storage, which would provide immediate value to nearly everyone in the state and could be completed at a fraction of the cost. This high-speed rail project will never deliver on the promises made to Californians, and it’s past time to cut our losses.”