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California governor proposes creating new transportation agency to oversee CHSRA


California Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking to fold the California High-Speed Rail Authority into a new state agency, according to a Jan. 5 Capitol Alert blog posted on The Sacramento Bee’s website.

The annual spending plan Brown proposed last week includes funding for CHSRA’s operations, but does not yet include bond proceeds needed to start construction in the Central Valley.

“The authority’s funding plan is under review by the Department of Finance,” the budget summary said, according to the Sacramento Bee. “After the review, the administration will propose a plan for the initial train segment.”

As part of a measure to consolidate state agencies and departments, Brown proposed creating a Transportation Agency that includes CHSRA, the Highway Patrol, and the departments of transportation and motor vehicles, among others.

“We embrace the reorganization proposal, as it provides the additional and necessary resources to support this project,” said CHSRA Chairman Thomas Umberg in a prepared statement.

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