09 May '11, 8pm

Rail gets a $2 billion shot in the arm from Rick Scott’s rejected funds:

Remember when Florida's governor turned up his nose at $2 billion in federal funds for rail projects? Now his loss is everyone else's gain. The Department of Transportation today announced the redistribution of Florida's rejected wealth today, and it looks like Scott's tantrum will mean improved speed and performance in the Northeast Corridor, a high-speed line between Detroit and Chicago, better train cars throughout California and the Midwest, and forward movement on the planned L.A.-to-S.F. high-speed line. Thanks, sucker! Here's what Scott's $2 billion will buy: $795 million to upgrade the heavily-trafficked Northeast Corridor, running between D.C. and Boston. This is Amtrak's only moneymaker, but even here, trains aren't always on time -- these upgrades will help improve performance, plus make trains run faster overall. And they'll also add more seats, so the trains c...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-09-rail-gets-a-2-billio...

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