Tough House hearing for high-speed rail project
By Josh Richman, May 28, 2013
It looks like supporters of the California High Speed Rail project
took a verbal beating Tuesday as the U.S. House Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held a field hearing in Madera.
“Since Prop 1A was approved by California voters in 2008, the project
has more than doubled in cost, and, after more than $3 billion from the
federal tax payer, not one shovel has hit the ground,” subcommittee
chairman Jeff Denham, R-Modesto,
said afterward. “Until I see a viable business plan for high speed rail
in California that is fiscally sound and supported by private dollars, I
will continue to hold the rail authority accountable to the voters and
ensure their taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.”
Here’s some of the questioning:
he panel, also including Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, and Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, grilled witnesses including California High Speed Rail Authority Chairman Dan Richard; Preserve Our Heritage Chairman Kole Upton; Kings County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Verboon; Madera County Farm Bureau Executive Director Anja Raudabaugh; Lou Thompson, chairman of the Peer Review Group for the California High-Speed Rail Project; and Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Al Smith.
The witnesses’ prepared testimony, and Denham’s opening statement, are available on Denham’s website.