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[REGIONAL NEWS] California sues Trump Administration over canceled high-speed rail money

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Last Thursday, the Federal Railroad Administration announced it would yank the $928 million contract it entered into with California because the state had not been keeping up with its end of the bargain and had “failed to make reasonable progress on the project.”

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California filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration in an effort to block the administration’s recent move to cancel nearly $1 billion in funding for the state’s high-speed rail project.

Last Thursday, the Federal Railroad Administration announced it would yank the $928 million contract it entered into with California because the state had not been keeping up with its end of the bargain and had “failed to make reasonable progress on the project.” The deal required California to construct a 119-mile segment in the Central Valley by 2022, a deadline that the FRA says the state will be unable to meet in time.

The FRA also accused California of abandoning an initial plan that would create a high-speed rail route between San Francisco with Los Angeles.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom called the move by the Trump administration illegal and political retribution against the state for its resistance to several of Trump’s immigration policies over the last few years.

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