Monday, May 9, 2011

Michigan To Get Nearly $200M For High-Speed Rail

State To Get Nearly $200M For High-Speed Rail

Transportation Secretary Makes Announcement In Detroit

DETROIT -- The federal government is pumping nearly $200 million into high-speed passenger rail projects in Michigan.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says Monday the funds are part of a $2 billion investment stretching from the country's northeast corridor, through the Midwest and on to California.

Lahood says the investments will help create jobs and spur economic development.

About $195 million will be used to upgrade tracks and signals between Kalamazoo in southwestern Michigan to Dearborn, just outside Detroit. The work also will increase train speeds to 110 mph between Chicago and Detroit.

“President Obama and Vice President Biden’s vision for a national rail system will help ensure America is equipped to win the future with the fastest, safest and most efficient transportation network in the world,” said LaHood. "The investments we’re making today will help states across the country create jobs, spur economic development and boost manufacturing in their communities.”

Another $2.8 million will be used for an analysis of a new station in Ann Arbor.

The money had been awarded to Florida, but that state's governor canceled the project.

Video of Secretary LaHood discussing today's high-speed rail announcement is available for download via the following links:

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