Texas Awarded $5.6 M For High-Speed Rail Grant

Study will cover route from Oklahoma to Rio Grande

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.


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