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Calif. gets another $300M for speed rail

May 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
California is getting another $300 million from the federal government for a high-speed rail line running between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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.