A Peninsula lawmaker has introduced last-minute legislation that would allow the state to begin selling voter-approved high-speed rail bonds to electrify Caltrain from Gilroy to San Francisco.
AB1889 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, would change the wording of previous legislation to approve selling the bonds to pay for upgrades to Caltrain, which for years has been included as part of the plan to build a California high-speed rail system.
The bill previously dealt with a different topic but was modified Tuesday in an effort to free up funding for Caltrain electrification.
Mullin's legislative director, Andrew Zingale, said the bill is meant to clarify a portion of prior legislation that authorized $1.1 billion for transit improvements at both ends of the high-speed rail project.
Zingale said there was a concern that the wording of existing law could mean high-speed rail would have to be up and running to fund an electrification project, which was not what lawmakers intended.