The Associated Press is reporting that the Obama Administration is ready to declare that it is diverting the $400 million awarded to Ohio for the 3C train plan and the $800 million awarded to Wisconsin and instead give the money to California, Illinois, and New York—who have Governors who are more than happy to use federal funding to develop passenger rail service in their States.

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That’s $400 million in federal economic development funding for a project that was projected to create over 10k jobs throughout Ohio that is now on the express train to other States.

Just yesterday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s “PolitiFact” declared that Kasich’s claim that the train would average 39 m.p.h. as untrue. 

[UPDATE:] Yep, the U.S. Department of Transportation just made it official by issuing its press release:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that $1.195 billion in high-speed rail funds originally designated for Wisconsin and Ohio will be redirected to other states eager to develop high-speed rail corridors across the United States. Wisconsin has suspended work under its existing high-speed rail agreement and the incoming Governors in Wisconsin and Ohio have both indicated that they will not move forward to use high-speed rail money received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  As a result, $1.195 billion will be redirected to high-speed rail projects already underway in other states.

“High-speed rail will modernize America’s valuable transportation network, while reinvigorating the manufacturing sector and putting people back to work in good-paying jobs,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “I am pleased that so many other states are enthusiastic about the additional support they are receiving to help bring America’s high-speed rail network to life.”

The Recovery Act included $8 billion to launch a national high-speed rail program that will modernize America’s transportation network, spur economic development domestically and keep the U.S. competitive with other leading nations. High-speed rail grants announced under the Recovery Act can be used only for high-speed rail projects and not for other transportation projects.

Last year, the Obama Administration received a commitment from 30 domestic and foreign rail manufacturers to establish or expand their base of operations in the United States if selected for contracts building America’s high-speed rail network. These rail manufacturers and suppliers committed to not only locate in the U.S., but to ensure high-speed rail projects are built by American workers with American-made supplies. To deliver maximum economic benefits to American taxpayers, the Administration’s high-speed rail program also includes a 100 percent ‘Buy American’ requirement.

The $1.195 billion originally designated for those high-speed rail projects in Wisconsin and Ohio will now be used to support projects in the following states:

  • California: up to $624 million
  • Florida: up to $342.3 million
  • Washington State: up to $161.5 million
  • Illinois: up to $42.3 million
  • New York: up to $7.3 million
  • Maine: up to $3.3 million
  • Massachusetts: up to $2.8 million
  • Vermont: up to $2.7 million
  • Missouri up to $2.2 million
  • Wisconsin: up to $2 million for the Hiawatha line
  • Oregon: up to $1.6 million
  • North Carolina: up to $1.5 million
  • Iowa: up to $309,080
  • Indiana: up to $364,980

Mitch Daniels is laughing at John Kasich right now.  Indiana is getting money thanks to Kasich’s stupidity.  California, Illinois, Florida, Washington, you should all send our Governor-elect a big thank you card this Christmas for being such a moron.

Thanks, Kasich!

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  • Guest

    this sucks.

    What really sucks is that being able to say “toldya so” in decade or so will be of little consolation. Kasich will probably be back to his lobbying/Fox News lifestyle making millions and not caring one iota.

    Kasich is shaping up to be the Mike Brown (Bengals owner) of governors. He’s finding new ways to make the state suck while in the end he’s going to make himself a lot richer…and not really give a sh!t inbetween…

  • Anonymous

    Because it’s being diverted to another project that I believe is an Amtrak line that runs through WI. It’s still a fraction of what they had.

  • Anonymous

    Um, the money was already appropriated by Congress. There was no doubt that this money would go to other States if Kasich did agree to spend it as Ohio had stipulated it would when it APPLIED for the money. Instead, Kasich believed that federal laws be damned, his plurality victory in Ohio was enough that politically he could convince the federal government to let him waste the money on even more road and bridges projects, that would have created less jobs and only temporary ones than this project which would have created over 10k permanent jobs.

  • vel

    I just reported that Kasich stupidly sent other states $400 million on the website fixohionow.com. They have a Report Government Waste tab there, so let them know that we just lost millions to other states because of Kasich.

  • BigbobRI

    Obviously this dumb ass has never been out of the state of OHIO. If you were trying to make this state compete with other states, you would loose your ass. I keep hearing that this is a high tech state; this is definite bull shit! The 3-C rail project would give it a chance to compete with thriving cities that have rail service and are doing very well. Shit for brains should travel the northeast before he condemns the whole rail project. I am from the northeast,and rail service works!!! How can you even think you can compete with big cities if you don’t have rail service. Apparently you have not driven through the state of Ohio lately. Its a friggin joke! 71 & 270 will never be done! If you look at the profit of Amtrak, you might see that passenger rail does work – if you would just take the blinders off your eyes!!! But could it be that certain construction companies have a hand in your pocket? Don’t know, but I do know one thing for sure, this state will always be a cow town! High tech my ASS! We’re leaving and taking our business with us. F.U. governor elect! And we hope you choke on it! Go back to the investment firm you were real good at screwin people out of their life savings! ASS HOLE! May you rot in hell!!!

  • Anonymous

    What payoff? The Republican controlled Ohio State Senate asked the Fed for this money. In fact they voted 33-0 to seek Federal funding for this Republican plan, written by Republican James Seney who was appointed to the Ohio Rail Commision by Republican Governor Taft.

    The only thing the Dems did was to fund a Republican plan.

  • Smart Cheesehead

    No one would ride a train from Milwaukee to Madison. The fooling around you would have to do to drive to the station, then get off the station and take a taxi to where you want to go would take too much time. THAT is what is stupid.

    In Chicago and NYC, trains are great since there are A LOT of people commuting into one place and there is an excellent transfer service.

    In suburban America public transportation wont’ work because there is no scale. Thank God someone in gubmint has some sense.

  • Tarbushman

    Are you really this stupid? Is there any evidence that a high-speed rail system between Cincy/C-bus/C-land is warranted? The last time I checked, everyone is moving out of these cities because the corporate tax rates is out of control (oh and thanks ex-gov Strickland for the $3,000,000,000 hole!). This is a project in search of a reason to exist! I guarantee you that if this rail system gets built, Ohio tax payers will end up having to subsidize it for its operation for the rest of its unuseful life. Of course, by then, everyone who was in favor of it will either be long gone or mysteriously get amnesia as to why it was built in the first place! I am not a big fan of John Kasich (he comes across as somewhat arrogant) but I agree that our focus needs to be returning this state to fiscal soundness. Stop doling out the stimulus billions like M&M candy, it’s making our country more unhealthy!

  • Tarbushman

    Are you really this stupid? Is there any evidence that a high-speed rail system between Cincy/C-bus/C-land is warranted? The last time I checked, everyone is moving out of these cities because the corporate tax rates is out of control (oh and thanks ex-gov Strickland for the $3,000,000,000 hole!). This is a project in search of a reason to exist! I guarantee you that if this rail system gets built, Ohio tax payers will end up having to subsidize it for its operation for the rest of its unuseful life. Of course, by then, everyone who was in favor of it will either be long gone or mysteriously get amnesia as to why it was built in the first place! I am not a big fan of John Kasich (he comes across as somewhat arrogant) but I agree that our focus needs to be returning this state to fiscal soundness. Stop doling out the stimulus billions like M&M candy, it’s making our country more unhealthy!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for tuning into a post months after it was written and the project was already cancelled. Seriously, catch up.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for tuning into a post months after it was written and the project was already cancelled. Seriously, catch up.

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