California high-speed rail project receives more grant money

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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The California High-Speed Rail Authority received a major win in court.

The U.S. DOT has awarded a $24 million grant to the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

The Authority will use money from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) for crucial safety, efficiency, and construction projects in and around Wasco, Calif., including:

  • Lowering S.R. 46 to properly accommodate trucks passing under the railroad, which carries both passenger and freight trains, preventing polluting and heavy-duty trucks from using smaller neighborhood streets;
  • Better and safer multimodal connectivity across the freight corridor with a new sidewalk, an enhanced S.R. 46, and an efficient roundabout; and
  • Enhancing adjacent properties affected by the project and working with the city to prepare them for improved land use and economic development.

“The city of Wasco is very pleased with [the] announcement,” said City Manager Scott Hurlbert. “It’s a great example of multi-agency teamwork and recognition of significant local needs. This funding will resolve a tremendous financial burden for the city and help us move our community forward with confidence.”

Taken together, this grant helps bring improvement, safety, environmental justice, and economic development to a historically disadvantaged community. North and south of Wasco, the Authority has 119 miles under construction with 35 active construction sites in the Central Valley. For more, visit

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