CA high-speed rail will get back federal grant Trump withheld

By Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, June 10, 2021

“California will receive $929 million in grant funding toward its high-speed rail project — funding that former President Donald Trump had previously canceled in 2019 — under a deal announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office [on June 10].

“[Newsom said] the funding will create more jobs, push the project forward, and ‘move the state one step closer to getting trains running in California as soon as possible.’

“The grant funding will assist the High-Speed Rail Authority in completing the project’s ‘initial operating segment’ of the system, governor’s officials said. The project is under construction along 119 miles in the Central Valley …

“The program aims to connect the ‘mega-regions’ across the state, contribute to a ‘cleaner’ environment, and ‘preserve agricultural and protected lands,’ the project webpage reads.”

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