- Associated Press - Monday, February 28, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from Maryland to Massachusetts are asking the federal transportation secretary to redirect high-speed rail funding rejected by Florida’s governor to projects in the Northeast Corridor.

Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Democrats, announced Monday that they had sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood along with Sens. Thomas R. Carper and Christopher Coons, Delaware Democrats; Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat; Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York Democrat; John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat; Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut independent; and Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrats.

The letter said the Northeast Corridor accounts for about a fifth of both the nation’s gross domestic product and population, has the nation’s only operating high-speed train and has received less than 2 percent of the $10.5 billion approved for the high-speed rail program.