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Michigan Governor to announce high-speed rail moves

(The Associated Press circulated the following on August 24, 2009.)

DEARBORN, Mich. — Gov. Jennifer Granholm will announce plans related to high-speed rail in Michigan as she takes an Amtrak train from Dearborn to Jackson.

Granholm is expected to talk Monday about how federal stimulus money can help Michigan speed the process of developing high-speed rail corridors. A deadline for federal grant applications is the same day.

Granholm has proposed trimming spending by 22 percent for Amtrak service in the state. Funding would drop by half starting in October under a GOP plan.

She said in a radio address Friday that high-speed rail would give state residents another option for business and recreational trips.

In a nod to tight economic times, the governor plans to pay the $16 for her train ticket.

Monday, August 24, 2009

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