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7/16/2009



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Colorado, New Mexico and Texas team up to obtain 11th and final federal HSR corridor designation


Last week, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter announced his state is partnering with New Mexico and Texas to apply for a federal high-speed rail corridor designation for a route running between El Paso, Denver, Albuquerque and other points in the three states.

Congress has authorized up to 11 high-speed corridors, but only 10 have been designated, Ritter said. The three-state partnership plans to seek the 11th and final designation and pursue federal funding to complete a feasibility study for the corridor.

The three states could receive up to $5 million from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) under the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 to study the corridor’s viability, Ritter said in a prepared statement. The states have submitted a joint pre-application to the FRA for the funds.

“It is high time Congress designate a Western corridor,” said Ritter. “This designation would connect our communities, increase economic opportunities, create jobs and lead Colorado's transportation infrastructure forward."


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