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Grants to other states are for higher speeds, rail upgrades

In addition to Florida's $1.25 billion grant, other states got money for rail projects.

The only U.S. project planned for a train speed around 200 mph is California's 800-mile project. Florida's Tampa-to-Orlando trains, the next-fastest project to win a grant, will reach a top speed of 150 mph, but average just 86 mph. Eventually the system could reach speeds around 180 mph when the line is extended to Miami.

Projects awarded the largest grants include:

. California: $2.3 billion to begin work on an 800-mile-long, high-speed rail line tying Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles and San Diego.

. Illinois-Missouri: $1.1 billion to improve a rail line between Chicago and St. Louis so that trains travel up to 110 mph.

. Wisconsin: $810 million to upgrade and refurbish train stations and install safety equipment on the Madison-to-Milwaukee leg of a line that stretches from Minneapolis to Chicago.

. Washington-Oregon: $590 million to upgrade a rail line from Seattle to Portland, Ore.

. North Carolina: $520 million for projects that will increase top speeds to 90 mph on trains between Raleigh and Charlotte and double the number of round trips.

Associated Press

Grants to other states are for higher speeds, rail upgrades 01/28/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 8:48am]
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