Senator Andy Vidak: "Let the People Re-Vote on High-Speed Rail"

Vidak offers amendments to put High-Speed Rail on the November 2014 ballot for a revote and to immediately freeze funding for the project until Californians vote.
Monday, August 26, 2013

Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) is offering a set of amendments to Assembly Bill 1317 that would allow Californians to vote on whether or not to proceed with the High-Speed Rail project and would halt any further bond sales until a vote has occurred.

AB 1317 (Frazier) is eligible for a vote in the Senate today.

"I'm simply asking to let the people re-vote on High-Speed Rail," said Vidak. "This runaway money train needs to be returned to the station before another taxpayer penny is spent."

Much has changed since Californians voted to approve Proposition 1A in 2008.Voters approved a $35 billion High-Speed Rail project. That cost has escalated to somewhere between $60 billion and $100 billion.

"Instead of taking on further debt to finance High-Speed Rail, we should redirect that money to areas that need real investment such as water, education, healthcare and public safety."

Voters were told that High-Speed Rail would take them from Los Angeles to San Francisco in two hours and 40 minutes at a cost of $50 per ticket. The estimated trip is now closer to four hours and the cost is more than $100 per ticket.

A March 2013 Public Policy Institute of California poll found that only 43 percent of Californians support building the High-Speed Rail project, and in late 2011 a Field poll found that 64 percent of Californians wanted to revote on High-Speed Rail.