DOT redirects high-speed rail funds
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said $1.2 billion in high-speed rail funds originally designated for Wisconsin and Ohio will be redirected to states "eager" to develop faster-rail corridors.
California and Florida will be the top recipients of the money, receiving as much as $624 million and $342.3 million respectively, the Transportation Department said in a statement today.
DOT recently announced awards of $2.4 billion for high-speed rail projects in 23 states, including $45.4 million for Virginia to help fund studies and preliminary engineering to improve service between Richmond and Washington. The administration previously distributed $8 billion in stimulus money for high-speed rail projects.
"High-speed rail will modernize America's valuable transportation network, while invigorating the manufacturing sector and putting people back to work in good-paying jobs," LaHood said in the statement. "I am pleased that so many other states are enthusiastic about the additional support."
LaHood said last month that the money would be redirected to states that would make use of it for high-speed rail.
Wisconsin and Ohio elected Republican governors in November who campaigned against the rail projects. Wisconsin Governor- elect Scott Walker said he'd refuse the $810 million designated for connecting Milwaukee and Madison. Ohio's John Kasich has said the planned Cleveland-Columbus-Cincinnati train would be too expensive to operate. The governors had said they wanted to divert the money to road projects, but LaHood rejected that idea.
The money will be redirected as follows, according to DOT:
-- California: up to $624 million
-- Florida: up to $342.3 million
-- Washington State: up to $161.5 million
-- Illinois: up to $42.3 million
-- New York: up to $7.3 million
-- Maine: up to $3.3 million
-- Massachusetts: up to $2.8 million
-- Vermont: up to $2.7 million
-- Missouri up to $2.2 million
-- Wisconsin: up to $2 million for the Hiawatha line
-- Oregon: up to $1.6 million
-- North Carolina: up to $1.5 million
-- Iowa: up to $309,080
-- Indiana: up to $364,980
Bloomberg News and Staff Reports
| December 9, 2010; 3:29 PM ET
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