California is getting that money because Florida turned down more than $2 billion in federal funding for high-speed train service projects. The money for a now-canceled rail line in Florida was distributed among nearly two dozen projects around the country.
California is also getting another $68 million for the purchase of new, state-of-the-art rail cars and locomotives.
The bulk of the $2 billion will go the congested Washington-New York-Boston corridor, where $795 million in improvements should allow trains to run at 160 mph on a stretch where they are currently limited to 135 mph.
Another $404 million will go toward increasing speeds to 110 mph between Chicago and Detroit.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.