LaHood Announces New HSR Winners & Losers

The loser list is short and no surprise: The governor-elects of OH and WI had campaigned against HSR projects in their states-they got their wish. The recipients of the redirected $1.2 billion were the surprise,with CA, FL, and WA being the happiest.

All funds are from the American Recovery and Reinvestment. However, there is a bill that would redirect unspent ARRA funds back to the treasury that would alter these awards.

"Under the Recovery Act, the Federal Railroad Administration originally announced $810 million for Wisconsin's Milwaukee-Madison corridor and $400 million for Ohio's Cincinnati-Columbus-Cleveland "3C" route. The Federal Railroad Administration will redirect $810 million from Wisconsin and $385 million from Ohio, and will work with these states to determine whether they have already spent money under their contracts that should be reimbursed."

The top three recipients of the redirected Recovery Act funds are:
California: up to $624 million
Florida: up to $342.3 million
Washington State: up to $161.5 million

Thanks to NARP

Full Story: U.S. Department of Transportation Redirects $1.195 Billion in High-Speed Rail Funds
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Can't speak to the other States' projects, but the California HSR is a complete, unadulterated waste of money. As a citizen of this out-of-control State, I apologize to taxpayers in the other 49 States who are forced to foot the bill for this folly. As long as projects such as this are being funded by the federal government (or should I say China, once removed) our fair country is a long, long way from the fiscal reforms one would hope would be implemented in these economic hard times.

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