"Trump Administration Halts $674M Caltrain Improvement Grant"

"SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Late Friday the Trump administration announced it's delaying grant money that would electrify the train line between San Francisco and San Jose.

The delay is now threatening the state's high-speed rail project.

At the urging of Republicans in the California Congressional Delegation Trump's new transportation secretary, Elaine Chao is putting the $674 million grant on hold.

The administration's first big blow to the Bay Area is leaving Caltrain in the lurch. The grant, which was meant to electrify old diesel trains has been put on hold to save money and increase ridership.

To Caltrain officials, the decision to defer the money is a potential deal killer because their construction contract deadlines are in 12 days."

Kate Larsen reports for KGO ABC 7 February 17, 2017.

Source: KGO, 02/21/2017