Assembly to Consider Bill to Fund Caltrain Electrification
A Peninsula Assemblymember has introduced new legislation (technically, it’s a rewrite of another bill) that would make it clear the Prop 1A bonds can be sold now in order to help fund Caltrain electrification:
AB1889 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, would change the wording of previous legislation to approve selling the bonds to pay for upgrades to the Caltrain commuter line, which for years has been included as part of the plan to build a California high-speed rail system, currently pegged at $64 billion….
Mullin’s legislative director, Andrew Zingale, said the bill is meant to clarify a portion of prior legislation that authorized $1.1 billion for transit improvements at both ends of the high-speed rail project.
Zingale said there was a concern that the wording of existing law could mean high-speed rail would have to be up and running to fund an electrification project, which was not what lawmakers intended.
“What we’re trying to clarify is that this does serve the purpose of that but we don’t have to wait for the entire corridor of high-speed rail track to be built for the money to be ready to be spent,” he said.
This seems totally reasonable, though I’m sure HSR opponents will whine that the Assembly used the “gut and amend” process to get this bill through, but whatever, they’d oppose this regardless of the method used.
The bill would still have to be approved by the whole Assembly, the Senate, and then be signed by Governor Jerry Brown.