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Well, some of the money could be used on a Little Rock to Dallas line, or a Memphis to Dallas line. This would be especially useful were some of the money spent on the Dallas to San Antonio line. Another path that surely needs improvement is the St. Louis to Walnut Grove to Little Rock segment. From St. Louis it carries on to Chicago. Add in a Dallas to Houston segment and we have Chicago to Houston.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Nov 18th, 2010 at 08:01:02 PM EST
This link for the Michigan $830m application was the Transport Politic roundup of the ARRA corridor level HSR grants.

This is the money being handed back, so the quickest turn-around in getting ground broken is asking which states still stand behind their applications and just start the assessment process from where it left off when it ran out of funds to disburse.

If California is given anything Florida does not want, from the amount that was awarded to Express HSR, the Rapid Rail HSR corridor tier applications ((either at or working toward) were:

  • Georgia $472m, Atlanta/Macon
  • Illinois $550m, Chicago/STL, funded
  • Kansas $10m
  • Michigan, $830m, Detroit / Chicago ($40m, elsewhere )
  • New York, $7.9b, Albany / Rochester / Niagara Falls
  • North Carolina, $3.9b, Charlotte/Richmond ($630m w/Virginia)
  • Ohio $564m, $400m funded, $375m certain to be handed back
  • Oklahoma, $2b, Tulsa / OK City / Texas State Line
  • Pennsylvania, $3.9b, Phillie/Harribsurg, Lackawana Cutoff, Pittsburgh maglev
  • Virginia, $1.75b, DC / Richmond / Petersburg ($620m w/NC)
  • Washington, $850m, Portland / Seattle / Canadian Border
  • Wisconsin $652m Madison/Milwaukee, funded, announced to be turned back

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Nov 18th, 2010 at 09:06:09 PM EST
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