Monday, May 9, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Feds award Michigan $200M for high-speed rail" from The Detroit News

David Shepardson and Leonard N. Fleming, The Detroit News

"Washington— Michigan will get nearly $200 million in federal funding to make high-speed rail a reality — and to help build a new bus and train station in Ann Arbor, the U.S. Transportation Department announced this morning.

The bulk of the funds — $196.5 million — is to help retrofit a 135-mile section of the Kalamazoo-to-Dearborn track for high-speed rail service. In total, this will eventually allow trains to travel 110 miles an hour on 235 miles between Chicago and Detroit, the government said.

The work should wrap up by the end of 2013 and cut the travel time by 30 minutes from the current 5 hours and 45 minutes. The service would still have the same number of stops."


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