Nixon to make high-speed rail announcement

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan and a White House official will be in St. Louis Thursday to detail high-speed rail funding for Missouri.

The Democrats Nixon and Carnahan will join Edward Montgomery, executive director of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers, for the announcement at 12:30 p.m. at Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center.

The White House is announcing $8 billion in grants around the nation for what some Democrats are calling a national rail-building program that could rival the interstate highways begun in the Eisenhower era.

The projects include $1.1 billion to improve a rail line between Chicago and St. Louis so that trains travel up to 110 mph, and $31 million for improvements to the line between St. Louis and Kansas City.

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