Responsibilities for the Federal Railroad Administration have grown exponentially from its inception as a safety watchdog to an agency charged with managing the funding and grants for high-speed rail projects. And some have concerns. The FRA "may not be prepared to ensure the long-term success of the new high-speed rail program," according to a report by the Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General. And, after the FRA issued grants a month later than expected, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said: "I'm very concerned that FRA's work missed the mark and maybe hijacked the ability of the country to see some true high-speed rail operations."

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