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Bill Would Authorize High-Speed Rail Bonds For Caltrain

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Mock up of the San Jose high speed rail station.

California High-Speed Rail / Flickr

(AP) - A state lawmaker has introduced last-minute legislation that would allow the state to begin selling voter-approved high-speed rail bonds for a connector project in the San Francisco Bay Area.

AB1889 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, a Democrat from South San Francisco, would change the wording of previous legislation to approve selling the bonds to pay for upgrades to the Caltrain commuter line.

The bill previously dealt with a different topic but was modified Tuesday in an effort to free up funding for Caltrain electrification.

Seamus Murphy, a spokesman for the San Mateo County Transit District, says officials want to get started on the $2 billion project, which including about $713 million in state financing.

Voters approved nearly $10 billion in high-speed rail funding in 2008, but support has since softened.