Virginia will receive the majority of a $48 million grant to develop a high-speed rail link between Washington and Raleigh, N.C., according to Associated Press.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the goal of the effort is to spur high-speed rail development throughout the southeast, which has seen a population boom in recent decades. Officials hope to reduce travel time between the cities to about two hours. That shaves about 90 minutes off the current train schedule.
Virginia will get about $44 million dollars of the grant, while North Carolina will pick up about $4 million for analysis and preliminary engineering on the new connection.