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Phil Matier: Caltrain Electrification Comes With Side Deals

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Artist's conception of a California high-speed rail train. (California High-Speed Rail Authority)

Artist’s conception of a California high-speed rail train. (California High-Speed Rail Authority)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A recently-announced agreement to pour $1.5 billion of high-speed rail money into the effort to “electrify” the Caltrain tracks apparently has some strings attached.

A number of side deals were struck in the process – as a way to resolve “a lot of regional conflicts,” a spokesperson for the Transbay Joint Powers Authority said.

Among the pledges made by Bay Area leaders involved in the negotiations was building a 1.2-mile tunnel through downtown San Francisco to carry trains to the new Transbay Terminal, and a promise to pursue an additional $1 billion in federal funding BART’s extension to San Jose.

KCBS, CBS 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Reports:

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