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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $24.3 Million in Grants to Boost Keystone Corridor Train Speeds to 125 mph

July 22, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Thursday, July 21, that work can begin on closing the last three highway-rail grade crossings on the Keystone corridor with the signing of $24.3 million in grant agreements between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Eliminating the grade crossings, areas where a highway and a railroad cross at the same level, will improve safety and allow future train speeds to increase from 110 mph to 125 mph.

“We are committed to the President’s vision of a world-class rail network providing fast, efficient and affordable service,” said Secretary LaHood.  “Closing these highway-rail grade crossings will allow travelers along the heavily-used Keystone corridor to enjoy a reduction in their trip time with future train speeds boosted to 125-mph.”

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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $2 Billion for High-Speed Intercity Rail Projects to Grow Jobs, Boost U.S.  Manufacturing and Transform Travel in America

Unprecedented Investment in the Northeast Corridor, Expanded Service in the Midwest and New, State-of-the-Art Rail Equipment Top List of Rail Dollar Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $2 billion in high-speed rail awards providing an unprecedented investment to speed up trains in the Northeast Corridor, expand service in the Midwest and provide new, state-of-the-art locomotives and rail cars as part of the Administration’s plan to transform travel in America.

Twenty-four states, the District of Columbia and Amtrak submitted nearly 100 applications, competing to be part of an historic investment that will create tens of thousands of jobs, improve mobility and stimulate American manufacturing.”Earlier this year, President Obama and I made a commitment to improve and expand America’s transportation system, including the development of a modern, national high-speed rail network,” said Vice President Biden. “And today, we’re announcing investments that will continue our progress toward making this vision a reality. These projects will put thousands of Americans to work, save hundreds of thousands of hours for American travelers every year, and boost U.S. manufacturing by investing hundreds of millions of dollars in next-generation, American-made locomotives and railcars.


Congressional Bicameral High Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus Launches
March 15, 2011
AHSRA attended the launch of the Congressional Bicameral High Speed and Inter-city Passenger Rail…


Northeast Corridor Designated the 11th and Final Rail Corridor
March 14, 2011
The Northeast Rail Corridor (NEC) has been formally designated as the eleventh …


Secretary LaHood Makes $2.4 Billion Available for High Speed Rail Projects
March 11, 2011
Secretary Ray LaHood announced that he is making approximately $2.4 billion available …


Florida Supreme Court Upholds Gov. Scott’s Decision to Reject HSR Federal Funding
March 4, 2011
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the Florida Supreme …


More Than A Third Of Americans Aware Of High Speed Rail Projects In Their State
February 24, 2011 – The Harris Poll
When Americans were asked about awareness of high-speed rail projects …


American High Speed Rail Alliance (AHSRA) Expresses Concerns Over Direction of RSAC High Speed Rail Engineering Task Force
February 23, 2011 – Mary Ellen Curto
Letter to Administrator Szabo…


Feds Set Feb. 25 Deadline for New Florida Rail Deal
February 17, 2011
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Thursday gave Florida until Feb. 25…


American High Speed Rail Alliance (AHSRA) Testifies at Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee Hearing
February 17, 2011
Today, AHSRA testified at the US House Transportation…


Florida Governor Rejects Federal Funding for Florida High Speed Rail Project
February 16, 2011
Florida Governor Rick Scott has just announced the rejection of $2.4 billion…


High Speed Rail-the future we can’t afford to leave behind
February 16, 2011 -Ray LaHood – Secretary of Transportation
Last week, I traveled with Vice President Biden to Philadelphia to announce …


President Obama Proposes Major Funding Increases, Reorganization for Nation’s Transport
February 14, 2011
Today, the White House Office of Management and Budget released the President’s …


Rockefeller Foundation Infrastructure Survey Reveals Bipartisan Support for Transportation and Infrastructure Investments and Reform
February 14, 2011
An exclusive Rockefeller Foundation survey released today reveals overwhelming…


American High Speed Rail Alliance (AHSRA) to Attend Railroad Safety Advisory Committee Meeting
February 14, 2011
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) established the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) to…

Vice President Biden Announces Six Year Plan to Build National High Speed Rail Network
February 8, 2011 – Office of the Vice President- White House Press Release
Today from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, Vice President Joe Biden…


High Speed Rail Alliance lauds train proposal
February 8, 2011 – The Journal Gazette
By: Anne Gregory, Web writer-editor .


AHSRA Organizes Successful Rail Standardization Workshops in cooperation with European Delegation..
January 26, 2011
The American High Speed Rail Alliance started off three days of meetings..


The State of the Union 2011..
January 26, 2011
By: President Barack Obama.





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