Gov. Rendell is one of eight governors invited to the White House today to discuss high-speed rail with Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Pennsylvania is among the states under consideration for $8 billion in federal stimulus funding to develop high-speed rail corridors. The targeted route for upgrades is the existing Pittsburgh to Philadelphia rail corridor and Amtrak Northeast corridor route through Philadelphia, but state transportation officials also are looking at developing new corridors, including lines linking Scranton with New York City and Philadelphia with Reading.

The Obama administration identified 10 high-speed corridors and the states will compete for the initial $8 billion in funding and an additional $5 billion in the future.

Also invited to the meeting are Govs. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, Jim Doyle of Wisconsin, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Jay Nixon of Missouri, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Sonny Perdue of Georgia and Pat Quinn of Illinois.

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