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Caltrain electrification project suddenly hits the brakes

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/07/california-republicans-want-trump-to-block-caltrain-electrification/

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Washington, February 7, 2017 | By The Associated Press | comments

A $2 billion project to electrify Caltrain — which shuttles 65,000 Bay Area commuters daily — could come to a screeching halt just before construction begins as California’s Republicans in Congress wage a fight over a more controversial project: the state’s effort to link the Bay Area to Los Angeles by high-speed rail.

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Republican Congressman Jeff Denham, R-Modesto, says the projects are closely intertwined. The Bay Area project, he argues, is also counting on $700 million in state funds from the California High-Speed Rail Authority — bond money that California voters approved in 2008 for high-speed rail.

Denham — who predicts the bullet train will never be completed — calls it “a money grab.”

“I believe in trust in government, and I believe the California state government out to live up to what it promised voters,” he said.

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