Statement by Senator Jim Beall (D-15) on the Governor’s Announcement on High-Speed Rail Project

February 12, 2019

"California has always been seen as the visionary state and we need to continue to think big and bold when we describe our future. I am willing to do the hard work to see this project come to fruition.

“The high-speed rail project is not just about connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco. It is creating an integrated framework for 21st century transportation and housing investment for California. When the governor talks about housing and transportation being linked, this project can be the connection between workers and job centers throughout the state. High-speed rail to major job hubs like San Jose is the only way to get ridership levels high enough to justify the public investment.

“We need to be good stewards of taxpayer funds and there have been poor decisions made in the past. I support the governor’s call for transparency and prioritizing projects. But we need to remain optimistic and strategic to see the completion of the vision of linking Californians together through high-speed rail.”