A preliminary application for stimulus funds was due yesterday, complete applications to be submitted in August.
To meet yesterday’s deadline, states across the Union submitted preliminary applications to the Federal Railroad Administration to receive high-speed rail funds. Final, more in-depth applications will be due in August, and the FRA will begin awarding funds thereafter to corridor projects and planning studies.
It’s obvious from the list that there’s a lot more demand (especially on the part of California) than the $8 billion included in the stimulus can pay for. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said that there were 270 applications from 40 states. This is serious competition.
UPDATED 23 July:
Based on new information from FRA, I’ve updated the list with all application information as I have it currently — the total is now $103.5 billion in applications for $8 billion of funds worth distributions. Two important points: one, private corporations have submitted applications in Nevada and New York; two, a number of conservative states whose governors claim to be against public investment (and the stimulus) have submitted plans as well (i.e., South Carolina and Louisiana).
|Confirmed Requests for High-Speed Money
|Arkansas||Texarkana (TX)-Little Rock-Memphis (TN)||$1 m (study)|
|California*||San Francisco-San Jose (including Transbay); Merced-Bakersfield; Los Angeles-Anaheim (plus engineering for San Diego-Los Angeles-Bakersfield; Merced-San Jose; Merced-Sacramento; Altamont alignment)||$21.7 b|
|Connecticut*||New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (MA); ??||$3.2 b|
|Illinois*||Chicago-St. Louis (MO); Chicago-Milwaukee (WI); Chicago-Detroit (MI)||$3.6 b (study)|
|Indiana*||Chicago (IL)-Fort Wayne-Columbus (OH)||$166 m|
|Kansas||Variety of projects||$17 m (study)|
|Maryland*||Baltimore tunnel replacement; Bridge replacements along NEC; DC-Baltimore Maglev||$11.2 b|
|Massachusetts||Vermonter re-routing; ??||$2.1 b|
|Michigan||Chicago (IL)-Detroit-Pontiac||$563 m|
|Nevada**||Las Vegas-Anaheim (CA) Maglev||$12.6 b|
|New Hampshire||???||$258 m|
|New Jersey||???||$852 m|
|New Mexico*||???||$21 m|
|New York**||Albany-Buffalo; Various projects elsewhere in state||$9.7 b|
|North Carolina*||Charlotte-Raleigh-Richmond (VA)||$5.1 b|
|Oklahoma||Tulsa-Oklahoma City||$2 b|
|Pennsylvania||Philadelphia-Harrisburg; Scranton-New York (NY); Pittsburgh Maglev; Harrisburg-Pittsburgh (Study)||$6.8 b|
|South Carolina||???||$115 m|
|Texas*||Dallas-Austin-San Antonio; Temple-Houston||$3.2 b|
|Vermont||Variety of projects||$121 m|
|Virginia||Washington (DC)-Richmond-Petersburg||$2.5 b|
|Washington||Seattle-Portland (OR)||$1.8 b|
|West Virginia||???||$1 m|
* = State submitted for other states as well.
** = Private entity also submitted request for funds.