U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Record of Decision for the 114-mile Fresno to Bakersfield Section of the California High-Speed Train System:
“High-speed rail construction is widely unpopular among California residents, a wasteful use of taxpayer resources, and an unnecessary undertaking that diverts resources from other critical infrastructure projects. Local, state, and federal spending should be focused on Southern California’s highway system to reduce worker commute times, make our roads safer for drivers, and facilitate the transport of consumer goods vital to a growing economy.”
Earlier this year Rep. Royce cosponsored H.R. 3893, the Responsible Rail and Deterring Deficiency Act, a bill that would block federal funding of any projects related to California high-rail construction. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), has unanimous support from Republican members of California’s Congressional delegation.
For more information, contact Saat Alety at Saat.Alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111.
Source: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce