U.S. DOT redirects high-speed rail funds

  • 14-Dec-2010 08:22 EST

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced that $1.195 billion in high-speed rail funds originally designated for Wisconsin and Ohio will be redirected to high-speed rail projects already underway in other states. The DOT says that Wisconsin and Ohio have both indicated that they will not move forward to use high-speed rail money received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which included $8 billion to launch a national high-speed rail program. The Obama Administration received a commitment from 30 domestic and foreign rail manufacturers to establish or expand their base of operations in the U.S. if selected for contracts. The Administration’s high-speed rail program includes a 100% “Buy American” requirement. The $1.195 billion originally designated for projects in Wisconsin and Ohio will now be used to support projects in the following states:

• 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.

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