SAN FRANCISCO — After appearing to close a long debate in December with the decision to award construction contracts for a rail link to the Oakland International Airport, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District now faces the threat of losing $70 million in federal stimulus funding on civil rights grounds.

In a letter dated Jan. 15, Federal Transit Administration administrator Peter Rogoff told BART that the FTA is considering pulling a $70 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from the project because it appears to have failed to conduct a civil-rights equity analysis of the service and fare changes the project will create.

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