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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Yesterday, President Obama and Vice President Biden visited Florida to announce more than $8 billion in Recovery Act funding for high-speed rail projects across the country.  Overall, 31 states will receive funding.

“Through the Recovery Act, we are making the largest investment in infrastructure since the Interstate Highway System was created, putting Americans to work rebuilding our roads, bridges, and waterways for the future,” said President Obama. [1/28/10]

“This crucial federal investment will spur new job creation, increase public transportation options, reduce road congestion, lower our dependence on foreign oil, and protect our planet,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California. [1/28/10]

Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois) - Chicago-St. Louis high speed rail corridor in line for $1.1 billion from Obama

Illinois will get $1.1 billion to make track improvements to enable 110 mph passenger trains between Chicago and St. Louis…

'An investment of this magnitude could not have come at a better time for Illinois,' said Illinois Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Crete). 'I hope to see these funds putting people to work as soon as possible.' [1/28/10]

Burlington Free Press (Vermont) - Vermont to get $50 million for high-speed rail

President Barack Obama is expected to announce funding today for high-speed rail projects, including more than $50 million to upgrade track stretching from St. Albans to Massachusetts.

'It's tremendous,' said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. 'In the short term, this improves the current service, but in the long term, this means jobs for generations of Vermonters.'

Welch said the rail improvements meant good news for 'commerce going out and people coming into Vermont. This will help build livable communities and benefit the environment.' [1/28/10]

The San Francisco Chronicle (California) - Transbay Terminal project gets stimulus funds

The final funding piece appears to be in place for a new Transbay Terminal in San Francisco after U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday the project will get $400 million in federal stimulus funds.

LaHood, during a briefing with congressional leaders, said part of the $2.25 billion stimulus grant for a planned high-speed train system linking Northern and Southern California would go to building a sophisticated transit center in downtown San Francisco.

Mayor Gavin Newsom applauded the grants, saying the project to replace the Transbay Terminal will generate 48,000 jobs. [1/29/10]

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) - Wisconsin lands $800 million for high-speed rail

Wisconsin will receive more than $800 million to build a high-speed rail line carrying passengers between Milwaukee and Madison at 110 mph and recapture a piece of a regional rail system largely abandoned six decades ago.

'I am really pleased with President Obama's investment in the future of Wisconsin's economy,' Gov. Jim Doyle said late Wednesday. 'This is a major job creation project that will provide a long-term boost to our economy.

Doyle promoted the Milwaukee-Madison rail link as an initiative to create jobs in Wisconsin and provide a missing element in southern Wisconsin's transportation options. In earlier lobbying, he said the high-speed line would create nearly 13,000 jobs, reduce auto trips by 7.8 million over 10 years and save millions of gallons of fuel. [1/28/10]

Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area (North Carolina) - Stimulus provides $545M to N.C. for rail

North Carolina will receive $545 million from the federal stimulus act for further development of the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor, a nearly 500-mile route that will allow trains to travel between Charlotte and through the Triad to Washington, D.C., at speeds of 90 to 110 mph.

An announcement from Gov. Bev Perdue said the project is expected to create or maintain 4,800 private sector jobs in North Carolina. [1/28/10]

The Reporter (California) - Solano receives over $2 million for dental clinic

Getting money from the federal government in the past has been like pulling teeth. How ironic, then, that county officials have announced that more than $2 million in federal funds will come to the county to build a community dental clinic in Vacaville.

'This funding from the federal Recovery Act will create good-paying jobs in Vacaville and represents a solid commitment to ensure our children have healthy smiles and access to the health services they need,' said Congressman George Miller, D-Solano, in a press release. 'The Recovery Act has always been about accomplishing two goals at once -- create jobs to help end the recession and make critical investments in our community. The County's dental clinic in Vacaville will do just that.' [1/29/10]

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