Transportation Department announces more than $8B for high-speed rail, pipeline grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced Friday it had awarded $8.2 billion in grants for high-speed rail projects.

The grants will fund 10 passenger rail projects across the country, officials said. Funded by the Federal State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail (Fed-State National) program, the grants are designed to advance high-speed rail corridors and fund improvements to existing rail corridors that will expand service and performance. Officials said the grants fund projects delivering high-speed rail service in California’s Central Valley, creating a new high-speed rail corridor between Las Vegas and southern California, making major upgrades to existing rail corridors between Northern Virginia and the Southeast through the Northeast Corridor, and investing in Chicago Union Station as a step toward future investment into the Midwest corridors hub, among others…

FRA also announced 69 corridor selections across 44 states, part of the Corridor Identification and Development (Corridor ID) program, that will drive future passenger rail expansion. The Corridor ID program guides intercity passenger rail development throughout the country, and helps states, transportation agencies, host and operating railroads, and local government develop and build passenger rail projects faster.

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