When it comes to funding an 11-figure(!) transit project, every litttle counts as they say in Euro-land. So just try finding an elected official in CA who don’t want the Feds to kick in another eight figures, to drip another drop in the bucket, right?
Well, our California High-Speed Rail Authority recently asked around, and it turns out that everyone is all aboard.
A Californian TGV pour vous et moi? Someday, maybe:
François Lacôte, SVP at French conglomerate (and BART train maker!) Alstom Transport, and our globetrotting First Couple, Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, trainspotting in France a year or so ago. Via the Mayor’s Office of Communications.
To Be Continued….
California High-Speed Rail Authority Seeks New Federal Funds. Local Leaders Support $16.6 Million Bid for Planning
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 19 — With strong support from local officials, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has submitted three planning grant applications that could provide as much as $16.6 million in additional federal funding for the state’s high-speed train project.
The funds would pay for service development plans that would help keep the preparation of draft environmental documents and preliminary engineering documents on schedule in the Los Angeles to San Diego and Merced to Sacramento sections of the high-speed rail project and on the Altamont Corridor Rail Project. In addition, the Authority is also supporting the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in its effort to apply for rail plan grants.
“California’s high-speed train project is the biggest public infrastructure project in the nation,” said Authority Chairman Curt Pringle. “We’re already leading the pack in federal funding for high-speed rail, and we’re committed to fighting to bring every federal dollar possible to California. These new applications show we’re continuing to work hard to win additional support and keep high-speed rail on track.”
The applications will go to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which has $115 million available for planning and construction funds for high-speed intercity passenger rail under the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act approved in 2008. Up to $50 million will be awarded in this round of funding.
It Goes On…