Bullet Train Deadline Pushed Back Four Years

The move is being called an "unprecedented concession."

📅   Thu May 19, 2016 - West Edition


The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Obama administration threw the California bullet train project another lifeline this week.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Obama administration threw the California bullet train project another lifeline this week.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Obama administration threw the California bullet train project another lifeline Wednesday, extending the schedule by four years for construction of 118 miles of rail through the Central Valley, according to congressional officials.

The extension came through modification of a $2.5-billion grant that originally required completion of a segment of rail structures from Madera to Shafter by 2017.

The changes also allow the Department of Transportation to extend a cash advance to the state, which potentially means the California High-Speed Rail Authority can continue spending long after the original deadline that was set in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The change brought an immediate attack by Republican critics, who said the Transportation Department and its Federal Railroad Administration awarded the project an unprecedented concession.

Source: The L.A. Times