Northeast Wins, Gateway Loses Florida HSR Money

The US Department of Transportation has announced that the Northeast Corridor has won $795M in HSR grants. Despite the region’s success, Amtrak was awarded only $450M and received no assistance to begin the trans-Hudson Gateway project.

Amtrak’s has received the biggest share of the NEC’s funding: $450M for the design and construction of a 24-mile segment of track that can support 160mph operations between NYC and Philadelphia.  Amtrak’s other major request, $570M to support the re-construction of the century-old Portal Bridge project, which is essential to relieving the trans-Hudson bottleneck, went unfunded. The Feds also chose to deny funding for design and preliminary engineering for the Gateway Project.

Within the Gateway region, New York State’s Harold Interlocking replacement project received $295M. This project will indirectly benefit trans-Hudson rail capacity, by removing the bottleneck that current exists in Queens, as Amtrak and LIRR trains move toward the East River Tunnels.

Outside of the Northeast, midwestern states won $404M and California won $300M, in addition to a number of smaller grants (less than $15M) to several states in the west and in the south. Later today, Secretary Ray LaHood will make a live announcement of the grants at NY Penn Station and at Detroit’s Amtrak station.

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4 thoughts on “Northeast Wins, Gateway Loses Florida HSR Money

  1. [...] more on the grants, check out the following: Gateway Gab breaks down how the remaining Northeast Corridor dollars will be spent while the DOT press release lists the other grant awards California and the Midwest will gain the [...]

  2. [...] applied for the redirected funds. The money has just been redistributed – see breakdown here. New York State applied for $300 million to grade-separate a junction between Amtrak and the LIRR, [...]

  3. [...] Gateway Gab Blogging the Effort to Expand Trans-Hudson Rail Capacity Skip to content HomeAbout ← Northeast Wins, Gateway Loses Florida HSR Money [...]

  4. [...] a number that seems impossibly high for the U.S. government to provide alone. In fact, Amtrak’s recent $450M grant to implement 160mph operations on track between Pennsylvania and NJ represents less than 1% of the [...]

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