Calif. will owe $180M for high-speed rail in April

Jan 15, 2014 4:29 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are seeking to reassure congressional Republicans that the state will be able to match billions of dollars in federal funding for the state's high-speed rail project, including a $180 million payment due in April.

Funding for the $68 billion project is in legal limbo after two court rulings, one of which prevented the state from selling $8.6 billion in voter-approved bonds.

Rep. Jeff Denham, a Republican from the Central Valley, called Wednesday's hearing of the House subcommittee on railroads to investigate the funding questions.

He grilled Federal Railroad Administration official Karen Hedlund. She says California has complied with its agreement, paying $100 million so far for construction to the federal government's $275 million contribution.

Officials could withhold funding if the state does not make its April payment.

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