SEPTEMBER 2009

State News: August 2009


 

State News August: The New Public Sphere

riding the rail

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The West

Connecting California: Big plans in the West call for a 220 mile per hour train network in California linking the San Diego area, Southern California, Central California, the Bay area, San Jose and Sacramento. Estimates have the trip from San Diego to Los Angeles taking 1 hour and 18 minutes and costing about $30 for the ticket. Other trip times include L.A. to Sacramento in 2 hours and 17 minutes and L.A. to San Jose in 2 hours and 9 minutes.
Visit http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/.
 
FEDERAL STIMULUS COMPETITION IN THE WEST
State
$Total Applied for in Stimulus Grants
California*
$24.2 billion
Nevada*
$10.1 billion
Oregan
$2.1 billion
Washington
$1.8 billion
Arizona
$237 million
New Mexico**
$21 million
Idaho
$5 million
Colorado
$1 million
Montana
TBD
 
Alaska, Hawaii, Utah and Wyoming did not apply for high-speed rail stimulus funding. *Includes funds submitted by non-public entities. **State submitted on behalf of other states. Source: Federal Railroad Administration.

 

 

The Midwest

Chicago is the Hub: Big plans in the Midwest call for a 110 mile per hour train network with Chicago serving as the central hub. An Ohio hub network will also link to the Chicago network, creating the Midwest Regional Rail Plan. Plans call for a faster trip from Chicago to St. Louis at 3 hours and 50 minutes and a 4 hour trip instead of an 8 hour trip from Chicago to Cincinnati, according to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission.
Visit http://www.miprc.org/.
FEDERAL STIMULUS COMPETITION IN THE MIDWEST
State
$Total Applied for in Stimulus Grants
Ohio**
$5.8 billion
Illinois**
$3.6 billion
Wisonsin**
$1.8 billion
Minnesota**
$933 billion
Michigan
$563 million
Iowa
$228 million
Indiana**
$166 million
Missouri
$124 million
Kansas
$27.2 million
 
Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota did not apply for high-speed rail stimulus funding. *Includes funds submitted by non-public entities. **State submitted on behalf of other states. Source: Federal Railroad Administration.
 

 
The South
From Charlotte to Washington, D.C.: Big plans in the South call for the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor linking Charlotte, N.C., to Washington, D.C., with top speeds of 110 miles per hour. Plans call for the total trip to take an estimated 6 hours and 10 minutes to 6 hours and 50 minutes. Other trips include from Charlotte to Raleigh, N.C., at around 2 hours to 2 hours and 50 minutes and Raleigh to Richmond, Va., at an estimated 1 hour and 55 minutes to 2 hours.
Visit http://www.sehsr.org/default.html and www.bytrain.org.

 

FEDERAL STIMULUS COMPETITION IN THE MIDWEST
State
$Total Applied for in Stimulus Grants
North Carolina**
$5.1 billion
Texas**
$3.2 billion
Virginia
$2.5 billion
Florida
$2 billion
Oklahoma
$2 million
Alabama
$787 million
Georgia
$296 million
Louisiana**
$202 million
South Carolina
$115 million
Arkansas
$1 million
West Virgina
$400,000
 
Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee did not apply for high-speed rail stimulus funding. *Includes funds submitted by non-public entities. **State submitted on behalf of other states. Source: Federal Railroad Administration.

 

 

The East
Improving Existing High-Speed Rail: Maryland is asking for the most for stimulus grants with applications totaling $11 billion in the East, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Of that, $3 billion would be for projects within the state—mostly on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, according to Engineering News-Record magazine. Major projects seeking funding also include money to replace rail bridges—some which date back to the late 1800s—and a high-speed rail project linking Baltimore to Washington, D.C., along the Northeast corridor.
Visit http://www.mtamaryland.com/.
FEDERAL STIMULUS COMPETITION IN THE MIDWEST
State
$Total Applied for in Stimulus Grants
Maryland**
$11.2 billion
New York*
$9.7 billion
Pennsylvania
$6.8 billion
Connecticut**
$3.2 billion
Massachusetts
$2.1 billion
New Jersey
$852 million
Delaware
$258 million
New Hampshire
$258 million
Vermont
$121 million
Maine
$106 million
Washington
$26 million
 
Source: Federal Railroad Administration. *Includes funds submitted by non-public entities. **State submitted on behalf of other states.
 

 

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