Throughout the U.S., state and local officials are eagerly anticipating the results of their applications for federal high-speed rail funds. Supporters of a plan to upgrade a Connecticut rail line are aware that they must show that the project will improve transportation and be completed in the near future for it to receive funding. Meanwhile, Virginia officials are supporting a high-speed route that would run through Norfolk. In Ohio, rail planners expect an answer to the state's request for $570 million in high-speed rail funding by this winter.
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