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Maryland could benefit from 2 large federal grants

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that 51 projects in 41 states and the District of Columbia have been awarded $1.5 billion in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grants -- including two major projects worth $157 million in which Maryland is a participant.

A project called the National Gateway Freight Rail Corridor affecting Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia received a $98 million grant. This could be a big deal for the port of Baltimore. The Washington region, including suburban Maryland, should benefit from $58.8 million allocated to Priority Bus Transit in the that area.

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According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, the work on the Gateway project will be concentrated on the inland states rather than Maryland.  Here's the project description from MDOT:

The Washington area transit project is expected to go a long way toward speeding bus travel in that region. Here's MDOT's description:

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