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More high-speed rail funding for 13 states

More high-speed rail funding for 13 states

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The Department of Transportation redirects high-speed rail funding rejected by Wisconsin and Ohio state leaders to projects elsewhere.

When a handful of state policymakers said last month they didn't want their share of the Recovery Act's $10 billion for high-speed rail, California senators offered to take the money for their own 800-mile system. (See: Where should rejected high speed rail funds go?)

Today, the Golden State got what it asked for.

A dozen other states received more federal rail funding, too. The Department of Transportation announced they will divvy up the almost $1.2 billion slated for Wisconsin's Milwaukee-Madison corridor and Ohio's "3C" line between Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland as follows:

  • California: up to $624 million
  • Florida: up to $342.3 million
  • Washington State: up to $161.5 million
  • Illinois: up to $42.3 million
  • New York: up to $7.3 million
  • Maine: up to $3.3 million
  • Massachusetts: up to $2.8 million
  • Vermont: up to $2.7 million
  • Missouri up to $2.2 million
  • Wisconsin: up to $2 million for the Hiawatha line
  • Oregon: up to $1.6 million
  • North Carolina: up to $1.5 million
  • Iowa: up to $309,080
  • Indiana: up to $364,980

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Contributing Editor Melissa Mahony has written for Scientific American Mind, Audubon Magazine, Plenty Magazine and LiveScience. Formerly, she was an editor at Wildlife Conservation magazine. She holds degrees from Boston College and New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure