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H.R. 867: High Speed Rail Corridor Development Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 5, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Is the logic behind Golden State’s rail line on the wrong train of thought?

Context

A high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, reaching speeds of up to 220 miles per hour, was approved in 2008. Intended to connect the second- and 13th-largest cities in the U.S., the 520-mile project was slated to cost $33 billion. It was greenlit after approval by 52.6 percent of California voters in a 2008 Election Day referendum.

That was then. The rail line was supposed to be fully operational by 2020. By 2021, it’s now running years behind schedule, tens of billions of dollars over budget, and has ...


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 867

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 5, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Ruppersberger, Mr. Morelle, and Mr. Castro of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To reauthorize the high-speed rail corridor development program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the High Speed Rail Corridor Development Act of 2021.

2.

High-speed rail corridor development

(a)

Competitive Grant Selection and Criteria for Grants

Section 26106(e) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking paragraph (2)(C)(i)(IV) and inserting the following:

(IV)

environmental benefits, including projects that involve the purchase of environmentally sensitive, fuel-efficient or electrified next generation, and cost-effective passenger rail equipment;

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(5)

Priority

In awarding grants under the program, the Secretary shall give priority to an application that provides for a greater non-Federal share of the cost of a project relative to other applications.

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(b)

Set-Aside for projects with certain non-Federal share

Section 26106(f) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking The Federal share and inserting the following:

(1)

In general

The Federal share

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(2)

Set-aside

In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall set aside for each fiscal year 50 percent of the funds made available to carry out this section for projects with a Federal share that does not exceed 50 percent of the project net capital cost.

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(c)

Authorization of Appropriations

Section 26106(h) of title 49, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

(h)

Authorization of Appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section—

(1)

$8,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2022;

(2)

$8,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2023;

(3)

$8,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2024; and

(4)

$8,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2025.

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