The Federal Railroad Administration was so swamped with applications for the $8 billion of high-speed rail funding authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that it is delaying until the winter its announcement of the grant winners.

The administration received applications this month from 24 states seeking $50 billion for 45 projects, said FRA administrator Joseph Szabo last week. It also received 214 applications from 34 states totaling $7 billion for corridor planning work and smaller projects, he said.

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