On Thursday, Congress delivered another blow to California’s embattled plan to build a bullet train from San Francisco to Anaheim.
House and Senate negotiators agreed to kill President Obama’s high speed rail program, which would have funneled billions of dollars for high speed rail construction.
Obama’s plan would have provided $8 billion in funding in 2012, and then an additional $53 billion over the next six years.
California is already poised to collect $3 billion in federal stimulus funds, which will help it build the first leg of the line -- the much-maligned “Rail to Nowhere,” from Fresno to Bakersfield.
But in order to complete the full system from San Francisco to Anaheim, rail officials are counting on an additional $55 billion of federal money, as well as private investment.