RIPR News
12:25 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

High-speed rail money

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee and members of the Congressional Delegation are meeting at Kingston Station to discuss the future improvements of high-speed rail.

The Federal department of transportation recently awarded a $28-million dollar grant to Rhode Island.

The extra money is thanks to, of all people, the Governor of Florida, who turned down a $2-billion dollar federal grant for high speed rail, opening up the funds to 15 states including, us.

Of the money the Ocean State gets, $25 million of it will be used for improvements to Kingston Station, and an additional 1.5 miles of high speed rail track.

State leaders hope the funds will increase speeds along the Northeast Corridor, and help more of trains arrive at stations on-time. Bradley Campbell. WRNI. Rhode Island Public Radio.

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