SAN FRANCISCO — The Federal Transit Administration delayed a decision to approve a $650 million federal grant for electrification of the Caltrain train system, which would also help California’s high-speed rail project, the OC Register reports.
Congressional Republicans had pushed the administration to reject the application from Caltrain. In a letter sent Friday, the same day a decision was due, the agency said it was deferring a ruling so the project could be considered as part of President Donald Trump’s budget. No timeline was given in the letter, and a spokeswoman said the project would be reviewed along with the president’s other fiscal 2018 budget considerations.
Rail line officials had hoped to have the electrification funding approved by March to begin contract bidding. For the full story, click here.