RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia is getting more than $74.8 million for a high-speed rail project aimed at improving service between the state and the nation's capital.
The project is part of the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Washington.
U.S. Transportation Ray Lahood awarded the funding on Wednesday.
Up to 11 miles of third track will be built from Arkendale in Stafford County to Powell's Creek in Prince William County. The U.S. Department of Transportation says the third track will enable higher speed trains to travel without conflict from freight and commuter trains.
Final design and improvements to the station at the Quantico Marine Corps base also are part of the project.
U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner say high-speed rail could spur significant economic development along the corridor.
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