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Plans for US railways are speeding along the fastest on the coasts as California continues to plan an LA to SF route and the east coast moves ahead with planning that will connect Boston to Atlanta.

Virginia is getting an additional $74 million in federal money for high-speed rail. Upon closer inspection, it’s really higher speed rail that will top out at 110 m.p.h. The money will help pay for laying an extra 11-mile stretch of rail meant to speed freight and passenger travel between Washington, D.C. and Charlotte, N.C.

High Speed Trains At St Pancras

The funding will be used towards an 11-mile stretch of track in northern VA. Photo by Jon Curnow.

Republican governors in Wisconsin and Florida returned federal money, saying the plans were too expensive and the states would be on the hook for cost overruns. That leaves California as the the biggest beneficiary of federal money, for an ambitious nearly 400-mile plan to connect Los Angeles with San Francisco by high-speed rail.


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