High Speed Rail Projects: Obama Awards $8 Billion in Stimulus
High-speed rail in the US could actually become a reality. President Obama announced that the Federal Government will award $8 billion in stimulus money toward 13 high-speed rail lines throughout the US.
These will be the first high-speed train lines that the US has ever had, with trains that will be able to reach speeds of 220mph.
The Corridor Development Program will target thirteen train lines between the following cities:
- San Francisco-Los Angeles-Sacramento/San Francisco
- Portland, OR-Seattle, WA-Vancouver, BC
- Milwaukee-Madison, WI
- Dallas-Ft. Worth area
- Charlotte-Raleigh, NC
- Tampa Orlando
- Cincinnati-Dayton-Columbus-Cleveland, OH
- St. Louis, MO- Chicago, IL
Additional foundations will be laid to connect the Eastern Seaboard and areas in the Midwest: US DOT High-Speed Rail Map
The bulk of today's awards go to new, large-scale high-speed rail programs--projects such as Florida, with $1.25 billion to develop a high-speed rail corridor between Tampa and Orlando with trains running up to 168 miles per hour--and California, with $2.25 billion to connect Los Angeles to San Francisco and points in between with trains running up to 220 miles per hour.
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