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Once again, Georgia misses out on high-speed rail funding

(The following appeared on the Miami Herald website on May 27, 2011.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. ó Chalk it up to mixed signals or funding roadblocks, but for a multitude of reasons Georgia's high-speed rail plans just keep getting derailed.

Georgia was snubbed by the Obama administration this year for federal high-speed rail money. Earlier this month the administration awarded more than $2 billion to high-speed rail projects across the country, including $4 million to North Carolina to do an environmental analysis on the Richmond, Va., to Raleigh, N.C., section of a line with top speeds of 110 mph on the proposed Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor.

Other winning proposals included $15 million for engineering and environmental work to develop a high-speed rail corridor linking Dallas/Fort Worth to Houston.

By contrast, Georgia requested $23 million, not for a high-speed rail line, but to move an existing Amtrak station in Atlanta roughly one mile south. The funding request was denied.

Full story: Miami Herald

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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