Va. submits high-speed rail request
Virginia has submitted new applications requesting federal funding for high-speed rail, including more than $50 million for the I-95 corridor between Richmond and the District, the commonwealth said yesterday.
The commonwealth worked with rail operators and its Congressional delegation to draft the applications. The United States has historically lagged behind its European counterparts, and high-speed rail funding--pushed in part by Congressional leaders such as Louise Slaughter (D-NY), who say it could revive languishing economies and integrate out-of-the-way areas--makes up a sizeable chunk of the stimulus package.
"High speed rail will provide significant benefits for one of the Commonwealth's most congested travel corridors, promoting tourism, job growth and economic development," Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director Thelma Drake said in a release. "The Washington, DC to Petersburg segment is the next logical extension of high speed rail service on the East Coast."
The first round of rail funding under the stimulus program included $8 billion for high-speed rail, including about 12 miles of a third track in Prince William and Stafford Counties to reduce congestion. This second round is for roughly $2.5 billion through the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program. The program required matches at least 20 percent of the grant; CSX provided about $3 million, in addition to about $8 million in Virginia funds.
| August 20, 2010; 5:08 PM ET
Categories: Commuter Rail, Freight Rail, Virginia, Virginia Railway Express | Tags: High-speed rail
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