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PDX-Seattle Amtrak gets $598M boost

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Washington and Oregon received a significant chunk of the Obama administration's $8 billion in economic stimulus grants for high-speed rail projects across the nation.

A combined $598 million was allocated to the two states to support Portland-to-Seattle Amtrak service, with Oregon spending most of its share on upgrades to Portland's Union Station.

A partial seismic upgrade and roof repairs for historic Union Station, at a cost of $7.25 million, may be the most noticeable improvement for Oregon travelers. The rest of the Oregon money will go for engineering studies for future installation of switches and other improvements along a congested section of freight tracks in North Portland.

The $598 million pales in comparison with the $2.1 billion application that the two states submitted last year and it's about half the money slated for construction of an 84-mile Tampa-Orlando, Fla., rail line.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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0 #1 PDX-Seattle Amtrak MoneyDavid 2010-01-28 15:44:19
We share $598 million with Washington. $7.25 million for Union Station and the balance for studies of the North Portland area. Seems like a waste of money to me. It's an industry that can't support itself and money is being fed to it to do less than amazing things.
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0 #2 Where's that line again?Old Oregon 2010-01-29 13:41:37
The money is for rail line improvement. A quick look at a map will answer the question.
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