Maryland gets $22 million toward new Amtrak bridge
Maryland has been awarded $22 million in federal high-speed rail money for engineering and environmental work to replace the century-old Susquehanna River Bridge on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.
The money directed to Maryland comes from the $2 billion rejected by Florida Gov. Rick Scott for a high-speed rail project in that state. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the current Susquehanna bridge causes frequent delays because of the frequent need for critical maintenance work.
The $22 million is part of the $795 million redirected to the Northeast Corridor to increase the speed of travel on the line from Washington to Boston.
Some of the other projects on Maryland's wish list did not make the cut. After Scott ended his state's participation in the proposed high-speed line from Tampa to Orlando, Maryland applied for $450 million in federal grants toward projects including replacement of bridges over the Bush and Gunpowder rivers, a new station at BWI Marshall Airport and replacement of the B&P Tunnel leading into Baltimore's Penn Station.