Texas Awarded $5.6 M For High-Speed Rail Grant
Study will cover route from Oklahoma to Rio Grande
BERLIN - JULY 25: A regional S-Bahn train (R) and a high-speed ICE train of German state railways Deutsche Bahn drive through the city center July 25, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. The German government agreed on the partial privatization of Deutsche Bahn the day before. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 Updated at 1:15 PM CDT
United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a $5.6 million grant to plan a passenger rail line from Oklahoma City to the Rio Grande.
The money is part of $2.4 billion in federal grants to be unveiled today for high-speed rail projects, a spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration said.
The money is meant to continue developing America's first nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger rail service.
The Department of Transportation said the money for Texas is meant to complete feasibility studies, a service development plan and environmental work for the designated corridor linking the DFW and Oklahoma City.
The DOT statement said the rail project potentially could extend to Austin and San Antonio.