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11/29/2012



Rail News: High-Speed Rail

USDOT provides $3.2 million for Washington state siding extension


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The U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday awarded more than $3.2 million to the state of Washington for the Mount Vernon siding extension project.

The $8.4 million project is part of the state's plan to improve travel times and operate higher-speed trains in the Pacific Northwest. The project calls for extending the existing siding, which is not long enough for freight trains to use, to help alleviate a bottleneck for BNSF Railway Co. and Amtrak Cascades trains operating through BNSF's Bellingham Subdivision.

Since 2009, the Federal Railroad Administration, Washington and Oregon have invested $800 million to help fund 21 rail improvement projects in the Pacific Northwest.


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