A proposed new budget deal in Congress would preserve funding to electrify rail lines between San Jose and San Francisco. That corridor is one of the busiest in the nation as it serves the tech community on the San Francisco peninsular known as Silicon Valley. Bringing electrification to the rail transport system would have a significant effect on carbon emissions in the region and reduce the area’s well known traffic congestion.
In a blow to the Trump administration, Congressional leaders have proposed a funding deal that will keep the federal government going until September. Included in the deal is $100 million for the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project, a plan to electrify rail lines in the area. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — wife of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell — had eliminated all of the funds for the project from her budget proposals back in February.