U.S. announces $2.4 billion for high-speed rail

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  1. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    Reporting by Lisa Lambert and John Crawley; Editing by James Dalgleish

    U.S. announces $2.4 billion for high-speed rail

    (Reuters) - The federal government will send $2.4 billion to 54 high-speed rail projects in 23 states, the Transportation Department said on Thursday, following up on announcements made by members of Congress and governors earlier in the week.

    "States understand that high-speed rail represents a unique opportunity to create jobs, revitalize our manufacturing base, spur economic development and provide people with an environmentally friendly transportation option," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a statement.

    Below is a list of the states receiving money. Some projects run through more than one state, and a handful of states are involved in multiple projects.

    California.......................... $901.574 million

    Florida..................................$808 million

    Illinois, Iowa , Nebraska ................ $230 million

    Connecticut, Delaware , Maine , Maryland , Massachusetts ,

    New Hampshire, New Jersey , New York , Pennsylvania , Rhode
    Island, Vermont , Washington , D.C........ $198 million

    North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC .. $68 million

    Michigan, Indiana , Illinois .............$161 million

    Illinois, Missouri , Kansas ................ $4 million

    Minnesota, Wisconsin , Illinois ......... $43.7 million

    Washington, Oregon.................... $38.719 million

    (Reporting by Lisa Lambert and John Crawley; Editing by James Dalgleish)

  2. rfruth

    rfruth Well-Known Member

    yea ! (this should have been done after the Arab oil embargo in the 70s)
  3. worthywads

    worthywads Don't Feel Like Satan, I am to AAA

    Sounds like a drop in the bucket.

    Denver metro area is spending $7.9 Billion (68% over budget) and counting on a FasTrack region rail system that may never to be completed. 2042 is the latest completion date and that is after major cutback on proposed coverage as the costs explode. Colorado government has collected taxes expressly for this railway since the 1970s, and repackaged it (with new taxes) as something new and different as the public forgets, and there is little to show so far.
  4. GreenBlues

    GreenBlues Well-Known Member

  5. aca2983

    aca2983 Well-Known Member

    This isn't really "high speed rail". Its just normal rail that the rest of the civilized world already has.
  6. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    The $38M targeted for OR/WA will be money well spent. Our regional Amtrak service boasts high ridership, but the 4x/daily service between Seattle and Portland takes 3.5 hours -- that is, about half an hour longer than driving. That's mostly because the trains are speed limited to 79mph due to grade level crossings and a few stretches of substandard track.

    With crossing and track improvements, SEA-to-PDX service could eventually drop to 2.5 hours. That's faster than you can drive it, and competitive with flying this busy route (scheduled flights at least every 45 minutes) when you count in all the hassles of flying. Fast enough to get SERIOUS numbers of people on board.

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