WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) $450,000 to conduct studies for potential rail service between the Northeast Corridor and Maryland’s Delmarva Peninsula. Funding for the studies comes from FRA’s High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program (HSIPR), and requires a $450,000 match by DelDOT. The initial study will be on the feasibility of a new passenger rail line. Based on the results of this study, environmental analysis, a service development plan, and preliminary design may follow. To date, FRA has obligated more than $1.6 billion in its HSIPR program.