Congressman Requests Comment Period Extension for High Speed Rail
Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) has again voiced his concerns regarding the proposed California High Speed Rail project.Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) has again voiced his concerns regarding the proposed California High Speed Rail project.
“Over the last several years, estimates of cost and completion time have substantially increased from the original projections which California voters originally approved. I have serious concerns that this project is far from viable, facing unrealistic goals and a lack of public demand,” Congressman Valadao stated.
In a recent strategic move, the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) filed a petition requesting exemption from the prior approval requirements as well as a request to clarify that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) lacks jurisdiction over its projected new rail line. A petition of such nature would allow CHSRA to immediately begin construction on this controversial project without proper approval.
Pending ruling, the Surface Transportation Board opened up a comment period on the petition. On April 15th 2013, Congressman Valadao requested a 30 day extension due to the limited notification to involved citizens. This allowance was granted by the Surface Transportation Board in April. Today, Congressman Valadao joined with Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) to request an additional 30 day extension to allow sufficient time for all concerned parties to weigh in.
“For over two years, the constituents in my district have been trying to work with CHSRA which has refused to cooperate. This project severely impacts my district while delivering very little benefit. It is only fair that they be granted an adequate comment period to ensure their voices and concerns are heard before a ruling is made.”
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties.