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FRA to host high-speed rail workshops


During the next two weeks, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will hold a series of workshops to gather input on the Obama Administration's strategic plan for high-speed rail development.

FRA officials will consider the feedback when developing the interim guidance report it's required to issue next month, prior to distributing $8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants for high-speed and intercity passenger-rail projects and development. Each workshop will be led by either FRA Administrator Joe Szabo or Deputy Administrator Karen Rae.

Workshops will be held in regional locations in the Southeast, Florida, Pacific Northwest, California, South Central/Gulf Coast, Midwest and Northeast.

The FRA has requested that five local rail-labor leaders attend each regional workshop to provide input on the development plans, according to the United Transportation Union.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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