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Unformatted text preview: near- and long-term prospects for federal funding don’t affect
CHSRA’s “day to day,” but it could impact the private sector’s willingness to pony up funds to help California build its sprawling
system, says Barker. “It’s a little bit ironic because there are a lot of people, especially in Congress, saying they want private-sector
participation, but private firms right now are seeing volatility and political strife, and that’s not an environment in
which the private sector will want to participate,” he says. That’s why it’ll be critical for Congress to create a program
to fund high-speed rail on an ongoing basis. And as long as the private sector is confident the federal government
will pony up more funds for HSR development, there are plenty of firms interested in securing a stake in California’s
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