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Lautenberg, Menendez praise Northeast Corridor's high-speed designation

(The following appeared on the North Jersey website on March 15, 2011.)

U. S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez on Tuesday praised the Obama administration’s decision to designate the Northeast Corridor as a federally recognized “High-Speed Rail corridor.”

The designation gives Amtrak – the nation’s only high-speed rail provider – the ability to apply for federal dollars that support high-speed rail projects in the Northeast Corridor, which stretches from Boston to Washington, D. C. Initially, only states in the Northeast could apply for projects in the Northeast Corridor, according to Lautenberg’s office.

Ray LaHood, U. S. Department of Transportation secretary, on Monday sent Lautenberg a letter informing him that he had “designated the Northeast Corridor as the eleventh and final High-Speed Rail corridor,” ensuring that “states in the [corridor] … will be eligible to apply for funding from existing federal high-speed and intercity passenger rail programs.”

Lautenberg and Menendez in recent weeks have been aggressively seeking a share of $2.4 billion in federal High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program funds that Florida rejected last month.

The full story is at www.NorthJersey.com.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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