After failing to deliver on their ambitious “high-speed rail” project, President Trump has stripped California of nearly $1 billion in funding by terminating the project.
“The train to nowhere” was widely mocked for being mismanaged from the start.
**Pres. Trump makes good on threat to California..revoking $929 million in funds that was to be used for a high-speed rail project. The DOT said CA officials “failed to make reasonable progress.” POTUS has called the project a “green disaster” & has “wasted many billions” @OANN
— Patrick Hussion (@PatrickHussion) May 16, 2019
The Trump administration will terminate its agreement with California to fund the state’s struggling high-speed rail project, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) said Thursday.
In a letter to state officials, Administrator Ronald Batory said FRA would deobligate the $928.6 million set aside for the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) under a 2010 agreement. The agency will also continue to examine recouping the $2.5 billion in stimulus funds already spent on the rail program, according to a copy of Batory’s letter obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“FRA finds that CHSRA has repeatedly failed to comply with the terms of the FY10 Agreement and has failed to make reasonable progress on the Project,” FRA said in an emailed statement.
“Additionally, California has abandoned its original vision of a high-speed passenger rail service connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles, which was essential to its applications for FRA grant funding,” the agency said.
The decision to withdraw federal rail funding is likely to heighten tensions between the Trump administration and California.
Dubbed the “train to nowhere,” Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in February he shelved plans to complete the entire high-speed rail line that voters approved in 2008. The project was meant to connect major urban areas from San Diego to San Francisco by high-speed rail.