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New federal funding for passenger rail projects across the Midwest will mean faster, more reliable and new service for the region

The Midwest will see significant improvements to its passenger rail system in the coming years thanks to a strong state/federal partnership committed to expanding service, improving corridors and purchasing new equipment.

Yesterday, the Federal Railroad Administration announced awards to Midwestern states totaling almost half a billion dollars. A number of projects across the region are being funded, including plans to make significant improvements to the Detroit-Chicago corridor and to establish new service between Chicago and Iowa City.

"This welcome announcement builds on awards announced earlier this year for passenger rail capital improvements to the region totaling over $2.6 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," said Laura Kliewer, director of the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission. "The Midwestern states have worked together for years on plans to give their constituents frequent, fast, reliable passenger rail service. Now everyone can begin to see how those plans can become reality and institute modern, efficient passenger rail service across the region."

For the full press release, and a chart on all the awards to Midwestern states (by corridor), click here.

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