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USDOT releases high-speed stimulus funds for five projects


Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it released nearly $80 million to a handful of states in high-speed intercity passenger rail program dollars being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The USDOT released:
• $66.6 million in program management and preliminary engineering funds for the Tampa-to-Orlando high-speed rail line;

• $6.2 million for track relocation work in California on the Capitol Corridor to help reduce delays and increase travel times along the route that connects San Francisco and Sacramento;

• $5.7 million for environmental assessments for planned new stations on a route between Milwaukee and Madison that will host passenger-rail service at speeds up to 110 mph;

• $1 million for planning projects to improve service on the Empire Corridor in New York state; and

• $100,000 to create a rail plan for the state of New Mexico that will enable the state to develop a blueprint for rail development to link major cities in the Southwest.

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