Delaware requests $17M for rail projects

August 25, 2009 5:04:32 AM PDT
Delaware is asking for $17 million from the federal stimulus program for passenger rail service in the state. State Department of Transportation Legislative and Financial Policy Adviser J. Brett Taylor says $16.1 million of the funds requested would go toward a third rail line between Wilmington and Newark.

He says the project would help alleviate congestion and scheduling conflicts along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, the busiest in the nation. It would also move Amtrak toward high-speed rail service in the region.

The state also requested $900,000 to study the need and feasibility of intercity passenger service to Dover and possibly all the way to near Ocean City, Md.

The projects will compete with other states' proposals for $8 billion in stimulus funding.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com


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