“I never imagined that the electrification of a train would be subjected to such brutal, partisan politics. This is not a Democratic project nor is it a Republican project. It is about the modernization of an outdated commuter system that is the spine of the transportation system of the Peninsula and the Silicon Valley region. This project has met every requirement of the Department of Transportation including planning, environmental approval, broad community support and strong local funding, including citizens taxing themselves. The only requirement it didn’t meet was a political one. The Department’s decision today delays any award of federal funding until after March 1st when Caltrain’s contracts are due to expire.
“The electrification of Caltrain is a shovel-ready project which would create thousands of jobs in the Bay Area and employ thousands in other states. It would be built by American workers and built with American products.
“I’m currently exploring options to get federal funding for the project, but March 1st looms heavily.”
Source: Eshoo, Anna. Press Release: Eshoo Statement on US DOT’s Decision to Delay Caltrain Funding. February 17, 2017.