Thursday, January 28, 2010

President, VP announce $8 billion for high speed rail projects

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President Barack Obamaand Vice President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. Department ofTransportation is awarding $8 billion to states across the country to developAmerica's first nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger railservice.  Funded by the AmericanRecovery and Reinvestment Act, these dollars represent an historic investmentin the country's transportation infrastructure, which will help create jobs andtransform travel in America. The award went to:

California.

Awardees: CaliforniaDepartment of Transportation, California High-Speed Rail Authority. TotalApproximate Funding (all corridors): $2,344,000,000. Miles of Track: New - 800miles. Upgraded - 880 miles. Planned - 275 miles (est.)

Total: Approx. 1,955miles.

Funding from the ARRAwill go toward the construction of a new, electrically powered high-speed railsystem of 800 miles serving major population centers from San Francisco andSacramento to Los Angeles and San Diego with over 300 trains per day.

Charlotte - Raleigh -Richmond - Washington, D.C.  

Awardees: North CarolinaDepartment of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation. TotalApproximate Funding (entire corridor): $620,000,000.  Miles of Track: Upgraded - 480 miles

The Southeast Corridorconnects Charlotte, Raleigh, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. The long-term goalfor this corridor is top speeds of up to 110mph, reducing trip time byone-third from Washington, D.C. to Richmond, and to four and one-half hoursbetween Richmond and Charlotte. Eventually, the Southeast Corridor is expectedto use Atlanta as a regional hub, with connections from Atlanta east toCharlotte, south to Macon and Jacksonville, north to Chattanooga, and west toBirmingham.

Chicago - St. Louis -Kansas City.

Awardees: IllinoisDepartment of Transportation, Missouri Department of Transportation. TotalApproximate Funding (entire corridor): $1,133,000,000. Miles of Track: Upgraded- 570 miles.

The corridor connectsChicago to St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. Ultimately, the long-term vision forthe corridor is to reach speeds of 110 mph from Chicago to St. Louis to KansasCity, with up to eight daily round trips between Chicago and St. Louis.

Detroit/Pontiac -Chicago.

Awardees: MichiganDepartment of Transportation, Indiana Department of Transportation, IllinoisDepartment of Transportation. Total Approximate Funding (entire corridor):$244,000,000. Miles of Track: Upgraded - 300 miles.

The corridor connectsChicago and Detroit, two of the largest cities in the Midwest, and alsoprovides a link between neighboring states. Altogether, the system servescommunities in Indiana and Michigan, connecting them to the Chicago Hub withsix round trips per day. The long-term vision for this corridor includesdoubling the number of daily round trips between Detroit and Chicago andincreasing speeds to 110mph.

Eugene - Portland -Seattle - Vancouver, B.C.

Awardees: WashingtonState Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Transportation. TotalApproximate Funding (entire corridor): $598,000,000. Miles of Track: Upgraded -437 miles: Planned - 30 miles. Total - 467 miles.

The 467-mile longcorridor connecting Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Canada is thebackbone of intercity passenger rail in the Pacific Northwest. The long-termvision for the corridor is to have a dedicated high-speed track, where trainswill operate at up to 150mph, with 13 daily round trips between Seattle andPortland.

Florida: Tampa- Orlando - Miami

Awardees: Florida Department of Transportation.Total Approximate Funding (entire corridor): $1,250,000,000. Miles of Track:New - 84 miles. Planned - 240 miles. Total - 324 miles.

Grants from the American Recovery and ReinvestmentAct (ARRA) will go toward the creation of a new high-speed rail corridor thatconnects Tampa Bay, Orlando, Miami and other communities in central and southFlorida.

Minneapolis/St. Paul -Madison - Milwaukee - Chicago.

Awardees: Wisconsin Departmentof Transportation, Minnesota Department of Transportation. Total ApproximateFunding (entire corridor): $823,000,000. Miles of Track: Upgraded - 144 miles.New - 32 miles. Planned - 275 miles (est.). Total - Approx. 441 miles.

Intercity passenger railservice will be established between Milwaukee and Madison with stops inBrookfield, Oconomowoc, and Watertown at speeds of up to 110 mph. Service isexpected by 2013. Improvements between Chicago and Milwaukee will ultimatelyreduce travel time by more than 30 percent and increase maximum speeds from 79mph to 110 mph. Eventually, passengers will be able to travel from Chicago tothe Twin Cities at a top speed of 110 mph, saving time and energy compared todriving.

Northeast Region

Awardees: Northern NewEngland Passenger Rail Authority, Vermont Agency of Transportation,Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Rhode Island Department ofTransportation, Connecticut Department of Transportation, State of New YorkDepartment of Transportation, New Jersey Transit, Pennsylvania Department ofTransportation, Delaware Department of Transportation, Maryland Department ofTransportation, District Department of Transportation (Washington, D.C.). TotalApproximate Funding (all corridors): $485,000,000 (ARRA High-Speed RailGrants)$706,000,000 (ARRA Amtrak Grants)TOTAL - $1,191,000,000.  Miles of Track: New - 84 miles.Upgraded - 1,542 miles. Planned - 727 miles

The Northeast regioncurrently has the most integrated passenger rail network in the country. Thevision for these seven rail corridors is to invest in projects that will boostspeeds, cut trip times and strengthen the system as a real alternative to airand car travel.

Ohio: Cleveland -Columbus - Dayton - Cincinnati

Awardees: Ohio Departmentof Transportation. Total Approximate Funding (entire corridor): $400,000,000.Miles of Track: New - 250 miles.

This new corridorconnects four major metropolitan areas in Ohio: Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton andCincinnati. This significant route, named the "3C Corridor," has a length of250 miles and will serve communities near Lake Erie, in Central Ohio, and theTri-State region around Cincinnati. The 3C Corridor is expected to be the firstphase of a long-term vision for an extensive network of passenger railcorridors connecting the cities of Ohio and neighboring states. Subsequentphases are expected to increase speeds, cut trip times and boost availableround trips.