SALEM, Ore. - Oregon is joining a growing list of states that are seeking federal high-speed rail money rejected by other states. Governor John Kitzhaber wrote a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urging him to redeploy a portion of the rejected cash to Oregon.
Three states have turned away more than $3 billion in funding for high speed rail. Kitzhaber's press secretary, Christine Miles, says Oregon wouldn't mind getting some of the cash.
Christine Miles: "We don't know if we'll get any, some, a little bit. We don't know how much we could get. Our letter was to basically to let LaHood know that hey, we're interested, we're willing, we're ready."
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has also asked for a share of the money turned away by other states. Both Oregon and Washington received high-speed rail funding in an earlier round of grants.
LaHood told a U.S. Senate Committee this week that he expects a decision "soon" on the fate of the rejected rail funds.
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