What Rejecting High-Speed Rail Projects Means for Other States

Incoming governors in two states pledged they wouldn't move forward on implementing President Obama's high-speed rail efforts in their states. So the federal government is distributing their funds elsewhere.
by , | December 10, 2010

The Department of Transportation announced that more than a billion dollars that had been allocated for high-speed rail projects in Wisconsin and Ohio are being clawed back and redistributed to other states.

The newly-elected governors of those states indicated they won't move forward with the projects, prompting the DOT's decision.

"Redirecting these funds will ensure American taxpayers get a good return on their Recovery Act dollars, and that money goes to projects that will be a success," the department wrote on its blog.

Last year's stimulus money provided $8 billion for high-speed rail projects. Originally, Wisconsin received $810 million for its Milwaukee-Madison high-speed corridor and Ohio got $400 million for its Cincinnati-Columbus-Cleveland route.

The Federal Railroad Administration is redirecting the entirety of Wisconsin's funds and $385 million of Ohio's money.

The money will now go to these states:

California: up to $624 million

Florida: up to $342.3 million

Washington State: up to $161.5 million

Illinois: up to $42.3 million

New York: up to $7.3 million

Maine: up to $3.3 million

Massachusetts: up to $2.8 million

Vermont: up to $2.7 million

Missouri up to $2.2 million

Wisconsin: up to $2 million for the Hiawatha line

Oregon: up to $1.6 million

North Carolina: up to $1.5 million

Iowa: up to $309,080

Indiana: up to $364,980

According to NationalJournal,  Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker has said he would cancel the rail project due to its high maintenance costs. Ohio Gov.-elect John Kasich opposed his state's high-speed rail project as well, but he advocated for the money to be redirected within Ohio rather than go elsewhere.

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