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High-speed rail funds received

Louise Slaughter

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter on Monday announced $1.5 million will be given to the New York State Department of Transportation for planning and design of a new passenger intermodal rail station on Central Avenue.

Joined at the train station by officials from the Federal Railroad Administration and the City of Rochester, Slaughter said the funds were made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act after months of work.

In July, Slaughter announced an additional $2.5 million had been awarded for a train station in the pending Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill. That funding is set to receive final approval from Congress by the end of the year.

Prior to the announcement, Slaughter received more good news for high-speed rail in New York: $28.46 million in federal grants have been awarded so far to Empire State projects for track improvements in Syracuse, signal improvements on the Hudson line, and bridge improvements in Albany.  While 18 states applied for funding, New York received about 12 percent of the available funds.