California and its high-speed rail authority have filed a suit to prevent the Trump administration from canceling a nearly $1 billion federal grant awarded in 2010 for a “bullet” train project.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, claims the U.S. Transportation Department lacks authority to withhold the $929 million in question, which the Obama administration allocated nearly a decade ago but has remained untapped.
The court challenge seeks an injunction to keep the grant intact.
Trump first threatened to pull the high-speed rail funding after California Governor Gavin Newsom said he wanted to scale back the $77.3 billion project, beset by rising costs, construction delays and management concerns.
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