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WASHINGTON STATE GETS FEDERAL FUNDS TO STUDY HIGH-SPEED RAIL FEASIBILITY

 WASHINGTON STATE GETS FEDERAL FUNDS
 TO STUDY HIGH-SPEED RAIL FEASIBILITY
 WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The state of Washington will study the feasibility of providing high-speed ground transportation between cities in and near the state, with the help of a $500,000 grant announced today by Federal Railroad Administrator Gilbert E. Carmichael.
 Carmichael said: "I am pleased that we can help Washington examine the feasibility of a high-speed ground transportation system. The Pacific Northwest has wisely decided to explore the need for improved intercity transportation.
 "This project will promote the use of new technologies, a top priority of the Bush administration," Carmichael said.
 One of the study team's first tasks will be to define potential high-speed corridors including, for example, the corridor connecting Vancouver, British Columbia, Seattle and Portland, Ore.
 The Federal Railroad Administration grant will be matched by Washington state to support the study, which will look at existing and future high-speed ground technologies, including high-speed rail and magnetically levitated trains.
 A steering committee representing transportation and other interests will oversee the study, which will be managed by the Office of High Speed Ground Transportation, under Washington state's Department of Transportation. A consortium of consultants has been chosen to conduct most of the study.
 In addition to corridor selection, the study will do highway and air travel surveys, develop travel data bases, conduct analysis of the consumer market, of alternative technologies, of costs and benefits, and of traffic and environmental impact. A major effort will be made to invite public participation and comment on the issues and give wide distribution to the study's findings.
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 /CONTACT: Claire Austin of the Federal Railroad Administration, 202-366-0881/ CO: Federal Railroad Administration ST: District of Columbia IN: TRN SU:


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