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Northeast Region Welcomes $800M For High-Speed Rail

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It's called a boon for high-speed rail in the northeast. Florida rejected federal money for high-speed trains, so federal officials are giving much of the money to the northeast region instead.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was elected with Tea Party support. He does not want federal money for trains. So the Department of Transportation will use $800 million of the Florida money to make the trains between Washington and Boston run faster, something Sen. John Kerry has been pushing for.

"We're struggling just to keep the money for that old cow path that runs from here to Washington, that has a train that can go 150 miles per hour, and it only goes 150 miles per hour for 18 miles of the trip between Washington and New York," Kerry said.

Most of the federal money to make the Boston-to-Washington trains faster will be spent on the line between New york and Washington.

This program aired on May 10, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Fred Thys Reporter
Fred Thys reported on politics and higher education for WBUR.



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