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NEWS CONFERENCE TO UNVEIL BID FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL CORRIDOR

 NEWS CONFERENCE TO UNVEIL BID FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL CORRIDOR
 U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Trenton) and State Transportation Director Patrick Nowak will unveil Michigan's application for funds for designation of a high-speed rail corridor between Detroit and Chicago at a news conference in Dearborn, Mich., on Monday, Aug. 31.
 The news conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Dearborn Amtrak Station, 16121 Michigan Avenue. They will be joined by U.S. Rep. William D. Ford (D-Ypsilanti).
 "A high-speed rail corridor between Detroit and Chicago means jobs, economic growth, better service and less road and airport congestion," Dingell said.
 Dingell chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over railroads and authored the provision in the Intermodal Surface Efficiency Transportation Act (ISTEA) of 1991 to establish up to five high-speed rail corridors. It authorizes $5 million annually for six years, with the funds to be used for improvements along the route to increase train speeds up to 150 mph. The current maximum speed on the Detroit-Chicago corridor is 79 mph.
 Directions to Dearborn Amtrak station (near Dearborn City Hall): From Michigan Avenue and Greenfield, go south on Greenfield one block to Reckinger Road; go right on Reckinger to the station, which is on the south side of the street.
 NOTE TO ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHERS: An Amtrak train is scheduled to arrive at the station at 1:45 p.m.
 CONTACT: Dennis Fitzgibbons of John Dingell's office, 202-225-3147 on Friday, or 313-846-1276 on Monday; or Sue Allen of M-DOT, 517-335-2480.
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