CHSRA Applies for Another $1 Billion in Federal Funds
At a meeting yesterday the California High Speed Rail Authority approved an application for $1 billion in federal funding, out of the $2.3 billion made available by the USDOT, out of the FY 2010 budget allocation. These are for items not covered by the ARRA grants. Here’s the list from the CHSRA release:
For this round of funding, the U.S. Department of Transportation has made $2.3 billion in additional funds available for high-speed and intercity rail projects nationwide. The funds would help complete engineering and other work on the project not covered by the ARRA grants. The Authority’s proposed application includes:
• Track and signaling work in the Merced to Fresno section, including work to connect the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line to the Amtrak station in Fresno.
• Track and signaling work in the Bakersfield to Fresno section, both near Fresno and between Bakersfield and Wasco.
• Track and other infrastructure on the Los Angeles to Anaheim section on the west side of the Los Angeles River.
• Electrification of the alignment along the San Francisco to San Jose section and construction of a station in Millbrae.
These may seem like smaller pieces, but it all adds up. If we get between $1 and $1.5 billion over the next 10 years, we’d have enough to meet the expected federal commitment. Obviously we’d rather have that money all at once, and we’ll continue to press for exactly that. But every little bit helps.