SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — The Trump administration has agreed to fully fund a $650 million federal grant for electrification of the Caltrain system that would also help California’s high-speed rail project.
The Federal Transit Administration announced its decision on the Caltrain funding request Monday. California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both Democrats, quickly celebrated the decision.READ MORE: Early Season Red Flag Warning Sends Residents Scrambling To Protect Homes
The Trump administration had previously delayed a decision on the grant request after congressional Republicans pushed the administration to reject it.
They asked the Transportation Department to block approval of the grant to electrify Caltrain between San Jose and San Francisco until an audit of the bullet train’s finances is completed.READ MORE: One Dead, Two Wounded In San Jose Shooting
California’s $64 billion high-speed rail project would share the electrified tracks through the South San Francisco Bay Area when it is completed.
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