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Texas Gets $5.6M Grant To Study Rail Project

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Amtrak high-speed rail train in New York City. (credit: Getty Images/Doug Kanter/AFP)

Amtrak high-speed rail train in New York City. (credit: Getty Images/Doug Kanter/AFP)

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Texas is getting a $5.6 million federal grant to study establishing a high-speed rail corridor to Oklahoma City.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Thursday announced the Texas funding as part of 54 high-speed rail projects in 23 states that will share $2.4 billion.

LaHood says the money is meant to continue developing America’s first nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger rail service.

DOT says the money for Texas is meant to complete feasibility studies, a service development plan and environmental work for the designated corridor linking the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Oklahoma City.

The DOT statement says the rail project potentially could extend to Austin and San Antonio.

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