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Federal Budget Could Delay Bay Area Transit Projects

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – As Congress is slated to vote on the budget compromise on Wednesday, two of the biggest Bay Area transportation projects could see severe federal funding cuts.

Republicans slashed $1.5 billion in high-speed rail funding from next year’s budget.

Rod Diridon, a former board member with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, said while this will not affect federal funding already in the pipe, it is still unfortunate because these types of capital projects create jobs.

“Construction projects are a good way to put people to work and I hope that both sides of the aisle back in Washington begin to realize that,” Diridon said.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Meanwhile, Republicans are also looking to cut $230 million from the New Starts program, which is partially funding the BART extension to San Jose.

Valley Transportation Authority spokesperson Bernice Alaniz said the cuts will not affect this year’s project budget.

“Not at this time, but any projection of what might happen in 2012 and beyond would be purely speculation,” said Alaniz.

Senate Democrats could fight to save some transit funding this week as the budget debate continues in both the House and Senate.

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  • mechanic

    Yippie, Yea, Fantastic!! This major boon-doggle needed to be “derailed” and hopefully it has been(?) What a huge amount of wasted money, and time. Just another example of the “right” people finding a way to get even richer through the graft and corruption that would be sure to plague such a project. The studies alone have already made many folks quite wealthy. Stop wasting our precious dollars up in Sacramento, and start using common sense to solve our problems instead of throwing money at every big and little thing.

  • Sander Van

    It is very easy to fix the Federal budget. Here is the new “Green Budget”:
    Every person and company pays 15% income tax. There are no longer any deductions or itemizations. Money located anywhere in the world is taxed. Individuals can take 5% off of that if they vote in the Federal Election.
    No Federal subsidies are paid to any company that is profitable.
    No Federal agency can hire more than 800 people in Washington DC.
    The Pentagon gets $300B per year.
    Any other country that gets Federal military or social aid gets a bill for it and if they can’t pay it will turn into an interest bearing loan.
    Every resident of the US gets $300/mo. for medical help. It is no longer legal for a medical provider to operate if they do not provide at least three $300/mo. insurance programs. It is illegal for a medical provider to use exclusions. If you make over $300,000.00 per year you do not get this.
    Every agency must post its use-of-funds budget online for comments 6 months before they get to use their money. The Federal OMB office would have police authority to prosecute abuse.
    Believe it or not, that would pretty much fix our budget problems!

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