Rhode Island Gets $28M in High Speed Rail Funds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island has received $28 million in federal money for high-speed rail after Florida's governor canceled a rail project there.

Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse said on Monday that Rhode Island is getting money for two of the three projects it applied for. It's one of 15 states sharing in $2 billion Florida lost.

The award includes $25 million to add a third track at the station in South Kingstown, as well as $3 million to review possible improvements at Providence station. The state did not get $3 million it requested for the station at T.F. Green Airport.

Reed says the projects will create jobs while improving train service to Rhode Island and enhancing high-speed service along the Northeast corridor.

Whitehouse calls it an important investment in the state's future.

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