Feds Sign Updated $2.5B High-Speed Rail Agreement

The board that oversees high-speed rail approved a new business plan in April that calls for trains to run between the Central Valley and San Jose starting in 2025.

📅   Thu June 09, 2016 - West Edition #12


The board that oversees high-speed rail approved a new business plan in April that calls for trains to run between the Central Valley and San Jose starting in 2025.
The board that oversees high-speed rail approved a new business plan in April that calls for trains to run between the Central Valley and San Jose starting in 2025.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Federal transportation authorities have signed an updated grant agreement with California reflecting the delayed timeline for building the state's $64 billion high-speed rail project.

The board that oversees high-speed rail approved a new business plan in April that calls for trains to run between the Central Valley and San Jose starting in 2025. That's three years later and 50 mi. (80.5 km) shorter than the original plan calling for trains to head to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California.

The updated agreement with the Federal Railroad Administration covers $2.5 billion in federal matching funds for the project.

Rail authority spokeswoman Lisa Marie Alley said the state still faces a deadline to spend the federal money by 2017, but has until 2021 for the matching funds.