Maryland Transit: Holocaust reparations bill jeopardizes rail fu - FOX 35 News Orlando

Maryland Transit: Holocaust reparations bill jeopardizes rail funding

Posted: Updated:

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Legal problems could arise if Maryland tries to force a French rail company to pay reparations to Holocaust victims, rather than leaving negotiations to the U.S. government.

James Knighton, director of governmental affairs for the Maryland Transit Administration, told the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday that the state needs federal funds for its Purple Line light rail project. This is a proposed light rail that would connect Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Keolis America, a company owned by the French government, is one of four teams vying for the project.

Legislators are considering bills that would block Keolis from bidding until it compensates Holocaust victims who were carried on its trains to concentration camps during World War II.

But Knighton said this would jeopardize federal rail project contributions.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices