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Secretary LaHood Announces $1 Million in High-Speed Rail Grants for Georgia, Kansas.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood yesterday announced $750,000 in grants for Georgia, and $250,000 in grants for Kansas, to further develop their high-speed rail programs. The Georgia grants, from the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, come in three portions: $250,000 to develop an interstate rail network compact with neighboring states; $250,000 for an Atlanta to Birmingham, AL feasibility study; and, $250,000 for a Macon, GA to Jacksonville, FL, feasibility study.

The $250,000 grant to Kansas Department of Transportation is to develop a service development plan for interstate passenger rail service between Kansas City and Oklahoma City, OK, and a potential connection to Ft. Worth, TX. Kansas Department of Transportation will contribute an additional $450,000 for this planning. FRA has now released more than $648 million for the HSIPR program, the significant portion of which comes from the $8 billion provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the development of high-speed rail corridors.

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