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FRA to announce all high-speed rail grant recipients in winter

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will be announcing all awards for high-speed and intercity passenger rail stimulus funds this winter, the agency said yesterday.

The FRA has received 45 applications from 24 states totaling about $50 billion to advance high-speed rail corridor programs, as well as 214 applications from 34 states totaling $7 billion for corridor planning and smaller projects. Due to the overwhelming response and a “desire to lay the groundwork for a truly national high-speed and intercity passenger-rail program,” the agency will take more time to review the applications, FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo said in a prepared statement.

The FRA had previously planned to announce grant recipients for funding Tracks 1, 3 and 4 in early October; applications for Track 2 funds were due Oct. 2.



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