Newsom: Question remains over stimulus funds pledged for SoMa train station 

Mayor Gavin Newsom praised the federal government’s announcement that the California high speed rail project will receive $2.25 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, including funds for a South of Market train terminal.

The U.S. Department of Transportation publicly stated that $400 million of that stimulus allocation will go towards building an underground train station at a planned new Transbay Transit Center.

The commitment has not yet been made in writing, however, and Newsom said a “question mark” remains over whether it will be provided.

“(U.S. Department of Transportation) Secretary (Ray) LaHood and some of our congressional leaders made every indication, without stating factually, that we should be the beneficiary of that $400 million. It’s not etched in stone yet – there’s still some work to be done – but I can assure you we had cheers up and down the halls at City Hall,” Newsom said during his latest weekly online video address. “We couldn’t be more pleased.”

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