In a news release, the group, which promotes "development, implementation and expansion of intercity passenger rail services with involvement and support from state governments," says it has identified "ready-to-go" projects where the money could be put to immediate use. The projects are in 16 states. They range from grade crossing and signal improvements to entire new routes. Highlights include:
- Corridor development between New Orleans and Baton Rouge via the Kansas City Southern ($110 million).
- Extending Amtrak's Downeaster line north of Portland, ME ($33.9 million).
- Purchasing DMU (diesel multiple unit) rolling stock for Vermont ($23 million).
- Restoring Amtrak's Vermonter to the Connecticut River line (former Boston & Maine) north of Springfield, MA ($25 million).