SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – California Senator Dianne Feinstein is urging Governor Jerry Brown to roll the High-Speed Rail Authority under a state agency like the California Department of Transportation.
Last week, a state peer review group refused to release bond money for the project because of concerns for financial risk.READ MORE: SF Citizen Detective Finds Her Missing License Plate on Identical Car Stolen From Another Resident
“There doesn’t appear to be any dollars out there to get this program to a point where it can really take off,” said former Caltrans head Will Kempton, who now chairs the review group.
KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:
The money was supposed to be matched by $3.5 billion in federal money, which has Senator Feinstein concerned. As a longtime proponent of high speed rail, she doesn’t want to see that money lost.READ MORE: San Mateo Police Officer Spots Stolen Vehicle; Driver Arrested, Cited, Released
Feinstein sent a letter to Governor Brown urging him to roll the Authority in under a state agency like Caltrans, whose expertise and resources could help put funding back on track.
Rail Authority Chair Tom Umberg said he supports a reorganization if it offers additional support.MORE NEWS: Caltrans Predicts Highway 37 To Be Permanently Flooded by Mid-Century; Seeks Solutions For Vital Corridor
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