"It has come to my attention that you were recently quoted in the media as saying that Nevada expected to receive funds this week," Secretary Ray LaHood wrote. "If such a statement was made, it is not accurate."
LaHood said he "cannot commit to a date certain" when the Federal Rail Administration would take action.
Gibbons announced last week that the feds were releasing $45 million for the magnetic levitation train between Las Vegas and Southern California, funds that had been set aside for the project in a 2008 federal spending bill. The money had been delayed as the maglev project lagged in coming up with the $11 million in required matching funds.
Maglev and the proposed DesertXpress train are in a fierce competition for the Vegas-to-Southern California route.
Wow. So Gibbons really wasn't telling the truth about maglev. Why am I not surprised?
So was he lying or is he just batsh*t crazy? Who knows! Maybe he wasn't even paying attention. Has anyone seen any suspicious text messaging on one of his state issued cell phones lately? ;-)