The U.S. Department of Transportation has deferred a decision on a $647-million grant that would help Caltrain electrify a section of track between San Jose and San Francisco, a project crucial to California's struggling high-speed rail project.
The decision not to approve the grant by a key Friday deadline may be an early sign of the Trump administration's view of the bullet train project. The line is already under construction and will need significant federal funding moving forward.
Caltrain requested the federal money as part of a $2-billion project to replace diesel locomotives with electric trains. The electrification is important to the high-speed rail project because its trains would eventually use the same tracks and electrical system.