Albany, NY (WIBX) - A total of $800-million in federal funding that has been declined by other states has been reallocated for rail projects in the Northeast, according to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Of that, $450-million will pay for infrastructure and signal improvements along Amtrak's heaviest traveled corridor in the Northeast, New York City to Washington D.C.

Governor Cuomo says $350-million in federal transportation money is being pumped into high-speed rail in New York State directly, for three projects: 

  • $295-million to create additional routes in Manhattan, allowing Amtrak trains to bypass the busiest passenger rail junction in the nation.
  • The Capitol Region will receive $58-million to build a fourth track at the Albany-Rensselaer Station, which has bottleneck issues, officials said.
  • $1.4 million will be used to study the Rochester Intermodal Station.

Governor Cuomo's office says some of the funding has been rerouted to New York from states like Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida, which have returned their federal high speed rail money.