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Category: High-Speed Rail

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.

House Subcommittee Scrutinizes Florida’s Brightline

April 19, 2018 – The House Subcommittee on Government Operations, held a hearing today to examine All Aboard Florida’s (AAF) use of private activity bonds (PABs) to help finance the first and second phases of Brightline, its new Florida-based passenger rail system.

FY18 Omnibus: Railroad Programs

March 22, 2018 – The fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations agreement includes $3.09 billion for the programs of the Federal Railroad Administration, an increase of $1.24 billion (67 percent) over last year. 

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