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Washington State seeks additional $120 million in high-speed rail money

(The following appeared on the Daily Index website on April 4, 2011.)

TACOMA, Wash. — Washington state applied today for approximately $120 million in federal high-speed-rail stimulus money, part of $2.4 billion returned by Florida. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will use the money to continue improving and expanding Amtrak Cascades service between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, B.C.

This potential funding would add to $590 million already secured by the Federal Railroad Administration and $161 million redirected from Ohio and Wisconsin -- a total of $751 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) high-speed-rail funding.

The full story is on the Tacoma Daily Index website.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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