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Maryland and Virginia Request Millions for Rail Improvements

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Maryland and Virginia are asking the federal government for economic recovery money to improve rail service.

Virginia is proposing using stimulus funds for a high speed rail project. Gov. Tim Kaine says the state wants to construct an 11.4-mile section of track along Interstate 95 in Stafford and Prince William counties. It would cost nearly $75 million . Kaine says the state is ready to begin construction as soon as the federal funding is awarded. In October, Virginia will compete for the second round of stimulus funding to extend the rail from D.C. to Petersburg, and into Hampton Roads.

Maryland is requesting $360 million for improvements on Amtrak and MARC commuter rails. Projects could include bridge reconstruction, an expansion of the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Rail Station, and the purchase of a GPS-based train-locating system.

Rebecca Blatt has more...

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