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Vt. and Maine get more rail project funding

December 9, 2010

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MONTPELIER, Vt.—Passenger rail projects in Vermont and Maine are going to be getting another financial boost from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is redirecting $1.2 billion in stimulus funding that had been intended for high speed rail projects in Wisconsin and Ohio. But those two states don't want to move forward with the projects.

So the money will be redirected to projects under way in 13 other states.

Vermont is expected to get up to $2.7 million, helping to fully fund a $52.7 million project to upgrade the rail lines from Vernon to St. Albans, the route of the Amtrak Vermont.

In Maine, the $3.3 million will help fully fund the $38.3 million cost of expanding Amtrak's Downeaster from Portland to Brunswick.