State faces intense competition in bid for rail funds

Not surprisingly, Connecticut faces stiff competition in its bid for a slice of the $2.4 billion in federal high-rail that Florida’s governor rejected earlier this year.

The Federal Railroad Administration announced today that it has received more than 90 applications from 24 states, the District of Columbia, and Amtrak. A tally of the funding requests submitted comes to nearly $10 billion dollars, the FRA said.

Earlier this week, Gov. Dannel Malloy touted Connecticut’s “robust” application, which seeks $227 million of the Florida money.

The federal railroad agency will now start a “merit-driven process” to determine which applicants get awarded funding. “At this time, a date for the announcement of project selections has not been determined,” the FRA said.