U.S. agency to cancel $929 mln in California high-speed rail funds

Feb 19 - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday it will cancel $929 million in federal grant funds awarded by the Obama administration for a California high-speed rail project and is "actively exploring every legal option" to seek the return of $2.5 billion the state has already received.
The department's Federal Railroad Administration said in a letter that the state had "failed to make reasonable progress" and cited Governor Gavin Newsom's announcement last week that the state would dramatically scale back the project.
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