Another Billion Dollars Awarded to CA HSR

Per a USDOT press release on Monday, Secretary LaHood has OK'd an additional $928.6 million in funding for California high speed rail, keeping the funds out of reach from state Republicans who'd rather the money go to highway construction.

"As Californians For High Speed Rail's Executive Director Daniel Krause explained in an email to their members, this has the effect of keeping that money out of the hands of anti-rail Republicans:

'Previously, almost $3 billion had been obligated (including money for the Transbay Terminal HSR station project). Today, the final $928.6 million was obligated, bring the total guaranteed federal funding close to $4 billion. The only thing that can threaten this money now is if state lawmakers don't move forward with construction in the Central Valley in 2012. Now is a great time to contact you representatives to remind that we now can start this visionary project and create jobs at a time we desperately need them.'"

Full Story: Federal Government Delivers Another $1 Billion to California for HSR



Irvin Dawid's picture

about that addition $928 M to CHSRA

Above should read "House Republicans" as opposed to "state Republicans" as these are federal dollars at stake. Once the state formally rejects the HSR monies, that's when the state legislators and governors attempt to redirect the funding to their own preferences, as was attempted unsuccessfully in the midwest and NJ for the ARC project.
Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

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