Illinois, Other States Get Money to Buy New Trains
CHICAGO (AP) - There's more money in the pipeline to buy new trains for Illinois and other states.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Wednesday that Illinois, California, Iowa, Michigan and Missouri will get about $335 million to buy next-generation trains.
That brings the amount of money awarded those five states and Washington state to buy trains to around $782 million.
The transportation department says the funds will go towards purchasing 33 locomotives and 120 bi-level passenger cars.
The states will use a joint procurement process to get favorable prices on the equipment.
Transportation officials say President Barack Obama's administration has kicked in more than $10 billion to lay the groundwork for these and other states to develop higher speed rail networks.