Cutting High-Speed Rail Funds 'Indefensible,' Calif. Says

Law360 (March 5, 2019, 9:30 PM EST) -- The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Monday criticized a U.S. Department of Transportation plan to cut nearly $1 billion in federal funding for a major infrastructure project in the state, calling the move “legally indefensible” and economically harmful.

In a pair of letters to the DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration, CHSRA head Brian Kelly said federal authorities had misinterpreted Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Feb. 12 State of the State speech, in which the Golden State’s chief executive said he wouldn’t finish a planned high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Kelly said Newsom is still on board with the overall project...

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