LOS ANGELES — The federal Transportation Department on Thursday fulfilled its promise to cancel a nearly $1 billion grant that would have helped pay for California’s bullet train, in yet another blow for the ambitious high-speed rail project meant to connect Los Angeles to the Bay Area.
In a letter to state officials, the Federal Railroad Administration said it had made a final decision to terminate a longstanding agreement to send $928.6 million to the California High-Speed Rail Authority for the first phase of the project, in the Central Valley.
The article goes on to state the following:
The administration had first said that it planned to cancel the money, and would try to claw back $2.5 billion it had already spent on the high-speed rail network, in February, after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans to scale back the project.
Federal officials said in the letter Thursday that California “has repeatedly failed to comply” with the terms of the original 2010 agreement “and has failed to make reasonable progress on the project.”
— The FRA (@USDOTFRA) May 16, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration’s announcement it would not give California the money came several months after sniping between President Donald Trump and Gov. Gavin Newsom over the project. https://t.co/ffymVQLBmD
— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) May 17, 2019
BREAKING: The Federal Railroad Administration has notified California its ENDING its high speed rail agreement, clawing back crucial $ for project pic.twitter.com/WPhn6hIZ0g
— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) May 16, 2019
The federal Transportation Department fulfilled its promise to cancel a nearly $1 billion grant that would have helped pay for California’s bullet train, in yet another blow for the high-speed rail project https://t.co/PGuGbIEdYF
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 17, 2019
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