The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday that it's giving Amtrak $404 million to expand high-speed rail service in the Midwest. The dollars will go toward making upgrades along the Chicago-St.
The State of Illinois faces some stiff competition to win some extra cash for high-speed rail projects. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that 23 other states are also competing for the $2.4 billion.
United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said Northwest Indiana is poised to be a major player in the development of high-speed rail. LaHood said enthusiasm is high in Indiana for high-speed rail projects because it can bring jobs and money to the state.