ST. LOUIS — The state of Missouri will apply for federal funding to construct high-speed rail service between the state's two metropolitan areas.
Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to announce details of the application during a 10 a.m. news conference at the Kirkwood Amtrak station in suburban St. Louis.
Nixon's office says the application will include a proposal for immediate upgrades to improve speeds on existing lines between St. Louis and Kansas City. Meanwhile, a longer-term proposal will call for planning and engineering to prepare for construction of a separate rail line dedicated to high-speed passenger service.
Nixon's office says the immediate upgrades to existing lines would create more than 1,300 construction and design jobs.