Tuesday, November 23, 2010

States receiving HSR Monies want to give it back. Other states with open arms.


In a recent turn of events, some states who applied for FRA funds ranging from tunnel expansion to increasing track speeds were awarded monies, are now wanting to give it back.  Some of the reasons are that some States dont have enough monies to either assist finishing the projects or dont want to get into further debt.

States like California and Florida (see other article) have already submitted letters from State Governors offices to the FRA asking that if the monies are returned that they would like to be the first to use some of those monies.

(Editor Note:) 
Loretta Sanchez represents the 47th district.  This covers the Anaheim/Santa Ana/Garden Grove area that will cover the ARTIC projects location.



California has already taken significant steps to make high-speed rail a reality. In July, the Federal Transit Administration awarded the City of Anaheim $5 million to help fund the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) project. Once completed, ARTIC will accommodate existing bus, rail, and shuttle connections to the Anaheim Resort Area, as well as high-speed trains.
The California Delegation’s letter follows a similar appeal sent by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this week. A copy of the Delegation’s letter can be found below:
Secretary LaHood and Administrator Szabo:
As several states have recently announced their intention to cancel their high-speed rail plans, we see this as an opportunity to concentrate our federal investment in a state that is both an ideal location for high-speed rail and ready and eager to implement a high-speed rail system.

Keep Flying On The Ground! 
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