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AB-953 High-speed rail.(2011-2012)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 2704.77 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

 Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no funds from the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century (Chapter 20 (commencing with Section 2704)) shall be available to the High-Speed Rail Authority for construction of the high-speed train system until adequate environmental studies are completed based on a new ridership study that uses an acceptable ridership evaluation methodology. The authority shall contract with the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Berkeley to complete a revised ridership study, using the ridership methodology of the institute. That ridership study, in turn, shall be used as the basis for subsequent environmental studies. The authority shall also reconsider its adoption of the optimal high-speed rail route based both on the new ridership study and the ridership methodology.