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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Rally planned for high-speed rail

By Associated Press and Staff Reports

MILWAUKEE -- A group unhappy about federal train funds being shifted from Wisconsin is holding a rally in Milwaukee Monday.

In a news release, Citizen Action of Wisconsin accuses Gov.-Elect Scott Walker of costing Wisconsin 13,000 jobs.

President Barack Obama's administration said it would shift $810 million in federal stimulus dollars meant for a high-speed rail line in Wisconsin to other states. Walker opposed the line between Milwaukee and Madison, saying it would be too expensive for the state.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said last week that a total of $1.2 billion in high-speed rail funds originally designated for Wisconsin and Ohio would be redirected with California and Florida being the prime beneficiaries.

DOT announced awards of $2.4 billion for high-speed rail projects in 23 states this fall, including $45.4 million for Virginia. The administration previously distributed $8 billion in stimulus money for high-speed rail projects.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  | December 13, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Passenger Rail, Transportation News, Transportation Politics  
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