Prioritizing the proposed new high-speed rail between San Francisco and San Diego, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nixed attempts to get stimulus funding for community rail lines, reports the Los Angeles Times , a move which has upset those looking for such things as safety improvements along rails. Via the paper: The governor "took shovel-ready projects and put them aside, " said Rich Tolmach, president of the California Rail Foundation. "Hundreds of millions of dollars were thrown away. Now these rail projects will not get their fair share of federal stimulus money." But at least one Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member doesn't think the Gov's prioritizing of funds will affect funding for services for Metrolink, for instance.
· Schwarzenegger quietly quashed effort to improve commuter rails [LA Times]