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Virginia Gets $74M In Federal Funding For Rail Link

Virginia is getting more than $74 million for a high-speed rail project designed to improve service between the state and the nation's capital, according to the Associated Press.

The project, recently approved and funded Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, is part of the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Washington. 

Up to 11 miles of "third track" will be built from Arkendale in Stafford County to Powell's Creek in Prince William County. That third track will enable higher speed trains to travel without conflict from freight or commuter trains, engineers with the U.S. Department of Transportation tell the AP.

Final design and improvements to the station at the Quantico Marine Corps base also are part of the project. 

Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner tell the AP they hope the high-speed rail will encourage significant economic development along the corridor. 

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