Prop 1A: Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act

Put on the Ballot by Legislature

52.6% YES
47.4% NO

Summary

To provide Californians a safe, convenient, affordable, and reliable alternative to driving and high gas prices; to provide good-paying jobs and improve California's economy while reducing air pollution, global warming greenhouse gases, and our dependence on foreign oil, shall $9.95 billion in bonds be issued to establish a clean, efficient high-speed train service linking Southern California, the Sacramento/San Joaquin Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area, with at least 90 percent of bond funds spent for specific projects, with private and public matching funds required, including, but not limited to, federal funds, funds from revenue bonds, and local funds, and all bond funds subject to independent audits? Fiscal Impact: State costs of $19.4 billion, assuming 30 years to pay both principal and interest costs of the bonds. Payments would average about $647 million per year. When constructed, unknown operation and maintenance costs, probably over $1 billion annually; at least partially, and potentially fully, offset by passenger fares.

What Your Vote Means

A YES Means The state could sell $9.95 billion in general obligation bonds, to plan and to partially fund the construction of a high-speed rail system in California, and to make capital improvements to state and local rail services.
A NO Means The state could not sell $9.95 billion in general obligation bonds for these purposes.

Arguments

PRO California's transportation system is broken: skyrocketing gasoline prices and gridlocked freeways and airports. High-speed trains are the new transportation option that reduces greenhouse gases and dependence on foreign oil. High-speed trains are cheaper than building new highways and airports to meet population growth and require NO NEW TAXES.
CON Prop. 1A is a huge boondoggle. Taxpayers pay at least $640,000,000 per year in costs for a government run railroad. There's no guarantee it will ever get built. Expand existing transportation systems instead to cut commutes and save fuel. No on 1A: an open taxpayer checkbook with virtually no accountability.
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