Thursday, January 28, 2010

Upgrade ahead for Fort Worth passenger rail line

WASHINGTON – President Obama and Vice President Biden announced $8 billion in grants today to develop high-speed intercity passenger rail service, including $4 million for Fort Worth for signal improvements to increase the speed of Amtrak's Texas Eagle.

The White House released an outline of the grants in advance of today’s announcement which noted that the Texas Eagle, the daily Chicago to San Antonio line which serves Fort Worth, "will increase operating speed" and "improve on-time performance" between Fort Worth and Austin.

At an event in Florida, Obama and Biden announced the awards that will go toward developing or laying the groundwork for 13 new, large-scale high-speed rail corridors across the country.

Florida will get $1.25 billion for a new high-speed rail corridor between Tampa Bay and Orlando that will later connect to Miami and other communities in central and south Florida.

Source: Fort Worth Star Telegram

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