Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration announcement that the State of California is in violation of the funding agreement and is subsequently rescinding nearly $929 million in unspent federal funds from California’s failed high-speed rail project effective March 5, 2019:

“At every turn, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has mismanaged and misled Californians on the viability of the project. Its budget has ballooned by the billions, projected ridership numbers have proven exaggerated, and the private investment that was promised never materialized. And throughout it all, the Authority has gone to great lengths to keep these facts from California and American taxpayers. Just last week, Governor Newsom rightfully acknowledged the failure, saying: ‘ultimately, the current project, as planned, would cost too much and take too long.’

“It is time is to move on from the broken high-speed rail project and redirect our efforts to infrastructure projects that work for Californians. I applaud Secretary Chao and Administrator Batory for their prudent decision protecting hardworking American taxpayers.”

Background

  • Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom said in his State of the State address that the high-speed rail project costs too much, will take too long to build, and that “there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego.”
  • Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration announced it is rescinding nearly $929 million in unspent Federal funds effective March 5, 2019, which have been made available to the California high-speed rail project nearly a decade ago through the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
  • To view the FRA letter, click here.