The US Department of Transportation has announced that rail projects will be funded from part of the $1.5bn Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant programme.
The projects include the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Extension and Wachusett Station, Moynihan Station in New York City and the Appalachian Regional Short Line Rail as well as other freight rail corridors in the Midwest and South.
As part of the Recovery Act the grant will finance innovative transportation projects across the US aimed at improving economy and environment in a region.
11 major national freight projects are covered by the funding, including the $105m Crescent Corridor Intermodal Freight Rail and the $98m National Gateway Freight Rail Corridor, among others.
Nearly 60% of the funding will go to economically distressed areas, according to the department.