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Iowa receives part of $2 billion in rail funding

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Iowa will receive part of a $2 billion pot of money to upgrade passenger rail service in the state. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the announcement Monday.

The money will buy 48 passenger rail cars and 7 locomotives capable of traveling up to 125 miles per hour.  The new "Next Generation" cars will replace aging Amtrak equipment and be used across the Midwest including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Missouri. The funds had been slated to go to high speed rail service in Orlando, Florida. That state's governor turned down the money.

Other Midwest projects are also getting a share of the money. The Chicago to St. Louis Corridor will see $186.3 million for upgrades to that line. $13.5 million will go to the Merchant's Bridge Replacement in Missouri. Another $196.5 million to the Chicago to Detroit corridor, and $5 million to Minnesota's Northern Lights Express connecting Minneapolis to Duluth.


 

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