Md. to receive federal funds to replace train bridge

Maryland’s two U.S. senators say the state will receive $22 million in federal stimulus funding to begin work on replacing a rail bridge over the Susquehanna River.

Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin say replacing the 105-year-old bridge on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor is needed so the line can handle high-speed passenger trains. The senators say the bridge requires constant maintenance because of its age and is a serious bottleneck for passenger trains.

About 100 Amtrak and Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) passenger trains cross the bridge daily.

The two Democrats noted the funds are part of $745 million that the U.S. Department of Transportation redirected toward Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor after Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal money for a high-speed rail project in his state.

Last fall Amtrak unveiled a $117 billion, 30-year vision for high-speed rail on the East Coast.

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