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December 15, 2010

DOT Redirects $1.195 Billion in High-Speed Rail Funds

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on December 9 announced that $1.195 billion in high-speed rail funds originally designated for Wisconsin and Ohio will be redirected to other states. The incoming governors of Wisconsin and Ohio have indicated they will not move forward to use high-speed rail money received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As a result, the Federal Railroad Administration will redirect $810 million from Wisconsin and $385 million from Ohio to 14 other states.

California and Florida will get the lion's share of the funding, receiving up to $624 million and $342.2 million respectively. California recently allocated about $4.15 billion of its previously available $4.3 billion to begin work on a 65-mile stretch of high-speed rail in the Central Valley. The line is planned to connect the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles. In November, DOT awarded Florida $800 million for the Tampa-to-Orlando high-speed rail corridor. Additionally, Washington state will get up to $161 million while Illinois is set to receive up to $42 million for rail projects. Overall, the Recovery Act included $8 billion to launch a national high-speed rail program designed to modernize America's transportation network, boosting the economy and energy efficiency. See the DOT press release for a complete list states to receive redirected funds and the December 8 edition of EERE Network News for news about California's high-speed rail.