I try to write a geoJSON from a shp with the fiona package. Works, but fiona does not include the CRS information.

with fiona.open(path) as shp:
    takeCRS = shp.crs
    takeSCHEMA = shp.schema
    with fiona.open(str(newPath) + "someName.geojson", "w", driver = "GeoJSON", crs = takeCRS, schema = takeSCHEMA) as newFile:

Why is it leaving out the CRS information?!

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You don't need Fiona to write a GeoJSON file

features = [feat for feat in fiona.open("a_shapefile.shp")
layer = {
     "type": "FeatureCollection",
      "features": features}
# save json file
import json #or GeoJSON
 with open('result.geojson', 'w') as outfile:

No CRS is explicitly defined inside the original GeoJSON format but you can add a crs in my_layer. The coordinate reference system must be in a special format (OGC CRS URN, see What's up with the GeoJSON spec and CRS as a IRM?) not compatible with the Fiona .crs (PROJ4 format)

  layer = {
     "type": "FeatureCollection",
      "crs": { "type": "name", "properties": { "name": "urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::31370" } },
       "features": features}

Or you can use PyGeoJ

import PygeoJ
newfile= pygeoj.new()
for feat in fiona.open('a_shapefile.shp"):
# now you can add many parameters 
newfile.define_crs(type="link", link="http://spatialreference.org/ref/epsg/31370/esriwkt/", link_type="esriwkt")

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