High-Speed Rail Authority Honors Senator Darrell Steinberg

SACRAMENTO–The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors today honored California Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) with a commendation at their monthly meeting. The Board adopted a resolution recognizing Senator Steinberg for his years of legislative leadership and continuous efforts in helping bring the nation’s first high-speed rail system to California.

From Left to Right: Vice Chair Jim Hartnett, Board Chair Dan Richard, Senator Darrell Steinberg,  CEO Jeff Morales, Board Member Richard Frank.
From Left to Right: Vice Chair Jim Hartnett, Board Chair Dan Richard, Senator Darrell Steinberg,
CEO Jeff Morales, Board Member Richard Frank.

“The California High-Speed Rail Authority and this Board are indebted to the Senator for all he has done to bring high-speed rail and its benefits to the people of California,” said Authority Board Chair Dan Richard. “From his first days as Senate President pro Tempore to his last, Senator Steinberg championed high-speed rail and its positive effects on the state’s economy and environment. We’re especially grateful to Darrell Steinberg for his dynamic and sensitive leadership in shepherding the key high-speed rail appropriation through the Senate.”

“Working on California’s world leading environmental legacy has been an honor,” said Senator Steinberg. “I have been a long-time supporter of California High-Speed Rail because the project reflects who we are as Californians: visionary, optimistic, industrious, and deeply concerned about the quality of our treasured environmental assets. Working closely with fellow California leaders, we were able to put together a long term investment strategy of future Cap and Trade revenue that will help cement California High-Speed Rail as a key tool in our fight to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions and improve California air quality.”

In his first year as Senate President pro Tempore, Senator Steinberg played a vital role in authoring and securing passage of Senate Bill 1029, (Budget Act of 2012), which authorized funds and laid out a vision for a statewide rail modernization program with high-speed rail as the centerpiece. In his last year as Senate President pro Tempore, Senator Steinberg defied skeptics and delivered SB 862 (Budget Act of 2014), which established a long-term expenditure plan for Cap and Trade auction revenue that prioritized affordable housing, sustainable communities, and mass transit to further the climate change goals of Assembly Bill 32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006). In addition, as part of the Budget Act of 2014, California’s high-speed rail system was allocated an ongoing source of funding to help in its effort to reduce greenhouse gasses emitted through transportation and help spur sustainable planning around high-speed rail stations.

Senator Steinberg was elected to the California State Senate in 2006 after having served three terms in the California State Assembly and six years on the Sacramento City Council. In 2008, he was elected by his fellow state senators to serve as President pro Tempore of the California State Senate.

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