More than 20 states are vying for $30 million in federal grants to help finance intercity passenger-rail projects, through the first federal-state partnership of its kind at the U.S. Department of Transportation, officials announced yesterday.

The Federal Railroad Administration will choose the projects next month to be awarded the grants. Each of will require a 50% match from states. The $30 million of federal funds will be available directly to states under the capital assistance to states program.

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