Nine rail projects in the Midwest, that received a total of $2.6 billion, will be focal point for the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee meeting Tuesday in Chicago. The fact that the various states involved in the projects coordinated with one another is credited as a big reason they received funding. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has said that if new manufacturing jobs are created by the high-speed rail push, he will work to make sure some of those jobs are in the Midwest.

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