Missouri Vies for Funding for High-Speed Rail Service to Connect St. Louis and KC

9 years 2 months 1 hour ago Tuesday, March 29 2011 Mar 29, 2011 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 6:34:00 AM CDT March 29, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press

KIRKWOOD (AP) - Missouri will apply for federal funding to construct high-speed rail service between St. Louis and Kansas City. Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to announce details of the application during a 10 a.m. news conference at the Kirkwood Amtrak station in suburban St. Louis on TuesdayKIRKWOOD (AP) - Missouri will apply for federal funding to construct high-speed rail service between St. Louis and Kansas City. Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to announce details of the application during a 10 a.m. news conference at the Kirkwood Amtrak station in suburban St. Louis on Tuesday.

Nixon's office says the application will include a proposal for immediate upgrades to improve speeds on existing lines between St. Louis and Kansas City. Meanwhile, a longer-term proposal will call for planning and engineering to prepare for construction of a separate rail line dedicated to high-speed passenger service.

Nixon says the application will seek $373 million for upgrades to existing lines, and about $600 million to plan, design and buy land for a separate line dedicated only to high-speed rail.

The funding is up for grabs because Florida's new Republican governor, Rick Scott, rejected plans for a high-speed line from Orlando to Tampa out of concern the state couldn't afford future operating costs.

Nixon's office says the immediate upgrades to existing lines would create more than 1,300 construction and design jobs.


 
Nixon's office says the application will include a proposal for immediate upgrades to improve speeds on existing lines between St. Louis and Kansas City. Meanwhile, a longer-term proposal will call for planning and engineering to prepare for construction of a separate rail line dedicated to high-speed passenger service.

Nixon's office says the immediate upgrades to existing lines would create more than 1,300 construction and design jobs.

 

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