Senator Joe Simitian: Train robber?

We are confused by this press release, issued by California State Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani’s office this afternoon.

Senator Simitian showed leadership in his recent announcement by seeking to balance the transportation goals of Prop 1A with community concerns and the fiscal reality of what we estimate is a project that will cost at least $65 billion in its current form.  Along with Congressman Anna Eshoo and Assemblymember Rich Gordon, Simitian is trying to explore the possibility of a lower cost way of connecting San Francisco to the rest of the high speed rail system that might also have a chance at local acceptance. All efforts to bring the cost down to reality should be encouraged.

Resources

Audio recording (approx 1 hour) of  the Senate hearing on Thursday April 28, 2011.  Senator Simitian is chair of the budget sub-committee that controls the purse strings for transportation projects, in the High Speed Rail project.

Video of Cathleen Galgiani at Assembly hearing regarding an independent ridership study on Monday April 25, 2011, encouraging elected officials and residents on the Peninsula to work together and develop a “wishlist”  for the project.

More information on the proposals for phased implementation on the Peninsula. The California High Speed Rail Authority has made a similar proposal.

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