Applications are for projects that are ready-to-go; another round of applications is due in October.
UPDATE: I’ve published a hard-hitting (numbers-based) rebuke to Ed Glaeser on the Infrastructurist tonight. Check it out.
After submitting pre-applications in July for more than $100 billion of high-speed rail projects, states got down to business over the past month, refining and improving their plans. Now, several states have submitted final, far smaller, proposals for construction that could begin right away.
Unlike the wild deluge of applications last month, capped by California’s request for more than $20 billion — the stimulus only provides $8 billion for the program in total — the proposals submitted yesterday were modest, focusing principally on minor improvements. California, leading the pack with its already partially financed 220 mph system, asked for $1.1 billion to create a space for trains to enter under the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco and to get started on a number of smaller projects along the north-south main line.
Maryland’s important request will significantly improve service on the Northeast Corridor by replacing the 140-year-old tunnel through West Baltimore that has become a bottleneck for the entire system. Michigan asked for a significant slice of the money for improvements that would make for much faster service on the Detroit to Chicago route.
The Federal Railroad Administration, hoping to approve projects whose construction can begin right away and whose engineering had already been completed, pushed states that had more long-term plans to apply for the second round, due in early October. California, for one, plans to ask for more than $4 billion then. Grant awards for this first round will be released at the end of September or the beginning of October.
This is not a complete list; please comment if you know of other states that applied for funds yesterday.
|Applicants for Ready-To-Go HSR Projects|
|California||$1.1 b||Transbay Terminal “box,” upgrades to sections of the San Francisco-Anaheim main line in preparation for major work. (source)|
|Connecticut||$64 m||Mostly for the New Haven-Springfield commuter line. (source)|
|Delaware||$17 m||Third rail between Wilmington and Newark. (source)|
|Florida||$270 m||Construction of SunRail commuter rail system. (source)|
|Illinois||$550 m||CREATE Project, upgrading of sidings between Chicago and St. Louis, double-tracking of nine miles of track, “Midwest regional passenger rail planning needs.” (source)|
|Indiana||$71 m||Indiana section of the Detroit-Chicago line. (source)|
|Kansas||$8 m||Improvements on the route between Emporia and Barclay; planning for service between Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Fort Worth. (source)|
|Maryland||$360 m||Engineering for the replacement of the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel (from the 1870s), plans for the redevelopment of the BWI station, replacing bridges through northern MD, increasing storage at Union Station, third track from Perryville to Elkton. (source)|
|Massachusetts||$69 m +||Restoration of the Connecticut River line for Vermonter service, upgrade of Springfield-Worcester route. (source)|
|Michigan||$830 m||Renovation of route between Pontiac and Chicago, new stations at Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Troy, and Pontiac, renovations at other stations. (source)|
|Missouri||Up to $201 m||Improvements on line between Kansas City and St. Louis. (source)|
||$39 m||Replacement of the Portal Bridge West of Secaucus (minor part of the whole project). (source)|
||$565 m||Elimination of bottleneck at Schenectady, third track near Rochester, general improvements from Albany to Buffalo, small improvements from Albany to Montréal. (source)|
||$76 m||Improvements to track between Raleigh and Virginia state line. (source)|
|Pennsylvania||$28 m||Preliminary engineering on projects to improve speeds between Harrisburg and Philadelphia. (source)|
|Texas||$1.8 b||T-Bone corridor, Dallas-Houston, San Antonio-Houston. (source)|
|Vermont||$52 m||Upgrading of the tracks between St. Albans and Brattleboro. (source)|
|Virginia||$75 m||11 miles of third track from Arkendale to Powell’s Creek. (source)|
|Washington||$435 m||Improvements to track between Seattle and Portland. (source)|