The Federal Railroad Administration has terminated Cooperative Agreement For The Fast Speed Rail In
The California High-Speed Rail Authority also had in its project to use funds to help alleviate the congested traffic with the Palmdale to Burbank line.
Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory confirmed the moved in a letter to the head of the California High Speed Rail Authority. The letter said the administration is officially terminating the Transportation Department's agreement to provide an additional $928.6 million to help pay for the project.
The Palmdale to Burbank Project Section is part of the first phase of the California High-Speed Rail System connecting the Antelope Valley to the San Fernando Valley to bring high-speed rail service to the urban Los Angeles area. The project section was supposed to connect stations at the Palmdale Transportation Center to a new high-speed rail station at the Hollywood Burbank Airport.
Statement from the Federal Railroad Administration .......
“After careful consideration, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has terminated Cooperative Agreement No. FR-HSR-0118-12-01-01 (the FY10 Agreement) with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), and will deobligate the $928,620,000 in funding under that agreement. The decision follows FRA’s Notice of Intent to Terminate and consideration of the information provided by CHSRA on March 4, 2019. FRA finds that CHSRA has repeatedly failed to comply with the terms of the FY10 Agreement and has failed to make reasonable progress on the Project. Additionally, California has abandoned its original vision of a high-speed passenger rail service connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles, which was essential to its applications for FRA grant funding. FRA continues to consider all options regarding the return of $2.5 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds awarded to CHSRA.”
Link to the first letter sent to State Of California https://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/details/L20092