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Federal plan may boost Quad Cities passenger rail

Passenger rail supporters hope the Obama administration's plan to boost funding over the next six years for high-speed and intercity rail projects will create an opportunity to fill an existing funding gap for the Quad-Cities' Amtrak link.

Vice President Joe Biden unveiled the administration's plan Tuesday in Philadelphia, proposing $53 billion in spending on a nationwide rail network over the next six years, including $8 billion in fiscal year 2012.

The administration plans to unveil its 2012 budget next week.

The goal, officials say, is to connect 80 percent of the U.S. population to high-speed rail service within 25 years.

Already, $230 million in federal funds have been approved for a Chicago-to-Iowa City Amtrak link through the Quad-Cities.

The full story appears on the Sioux City Journal website.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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