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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (left), seen here in April with Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, get off an Amtrak train in Hartford, Conn. Mr. LaHood said Thursday he was reallocating $1.2 billion in federal rail-project funds turned down by two states. (Associated Press)

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (left), seen here in April with Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, get off an Amtrak train in Hartford, Conn. Mr. LaHood said Thursday he was reallocating $1.2 billion in federal rail-project funds turned down by two states. (Associated Press)

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