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Wisconsin DOT wins FRA grant for intercity rail corridor planning


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently awarded the Wisconsin Department of Transportation a $297,000 grant to continue rail corridor planning for the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MWRRI).  
Corridor planners seek to provide improved intercity passenger-rail service — including potential high-speed rail service — throughout a nine-state, 3,000-mile system, with Chicago as the regional hub. The FRA grant, which will be matched by MWRRI member states, will enable corridor officials to conduct an alternative routes analysis; update system costs; complete equipment, train control and operational plans; and prepare public outreach materials.

The grant was provided through the FRA's FY2008 Capital Assistance to States - Intercity Passenger Rail Service Program. The program is separate from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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