The Department of Transportation announced it will provide $30 million of grants to states to help improve passenger rail.

“We want to encourage and support the kind of state investments that are making a difference for passenger rail services,” Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said in a release She added that between 1996 and 2006, ridership on state-supported intercity routes grew by a robust 88%, vastly outpacing the 17% increase in all other routes combined.

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