: News

Maryland and Virginia Request Millions for Rail Improvements

Play associated audio

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...

NPR

Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
NPR

Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
NPR

Impeachment Trial Begins For Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

The impeachment trial for suspended president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff has begun. She is scheduled to testify before the Senate Monday.
NPR

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.