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Wash., Oregon to get $600M for high-speed rail

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington and Oregon are in line to receive nearly $600 million for projects to increase the speed of trains between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, an improvement that could eventually cut an hour from the current three and a half hour trip.
     
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington said the projects will increase the number of Amtrak passenger trains between the Northwest's two biggest cities, as well as reduce rail congestion and improve on-time reliability.
     
The bulk of the money, $590 million, will go to Washington state for projects related to high-speed rail. Another $8 million will go to Oregon for improvements at the city's Union Station.
     
Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday said that eventually, the number of daily roundtrips between Portland and Seattle would increase to six, up from four currently. She also said the projects to improve the line would create an estimated 6,500 jobs in Washington state.

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