Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: High-Speed Rail

FRA Cancels $929M California High Speed Rail Grant

May 17, 2019 – Yesterday, the Federal Railroad Administration formally notified the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) that FRA is canceling an $929 million grant agreement signed by the Obama Administration eight years ago and will not be giving CHSRA the money.

Newsom Team Releases Revised California High Speed Rail Plan

May 2, 2019 – The new chairman of the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) yesterday released a project status update that fleshes out the plan outlined by new Governor Gavin Newsom to focus on completing and implementing high-speed rail service on a 171-mile corridor from Merced in the north to Bakersfield in the south, at a cost of $20.4 billion.

California HSR Authority Responds to FRA Attempt to Cancel Their Grant

March 8, 2019 – On March 4, the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) issued a formal response to the Federal Railroad Administration’s February 19 notice that it intended to cancel the $929 million grant of fiscal year 2010 appropriations promised by the Obama Administration for the Golden State’s troubled high-speed rail project.

Calif. Governor Scales Back Commitment to Statewide High Speed Rail

February 12, 2019 – Earlier today, new new governor of California, Gavin Newsom (D), told state legislators in his first “State of the State” address that he was backing away from plans to build a high speed rail project that would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles, but that he would finish the segment of the project currently underway in the central part of the state.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of August 6, 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials – subcommittee field hearing to conduct oversight of the California high-speed rail project (witness list and streaming video information to be posted here) – 10:30 a.m. (Pacific Time), John E. Moss Federal Building, Sacramento, California.

White House Spending Cuts Largely Spare Transportation Programs

May 9, 2018 – The White House sent up a long-awaited package of spending cutsto Capitol Hill yesterday for consideration under an expedited process that is exempt from filibuster in the Senate. Of the $15.349 billion in spending cuts proposed by the legislation, just $279 million come from the Department of Transportation, and most of that comes from the elimination of “dead earmarks” in old appropriations acts.

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