High-speed rail advocates celebrated the Jan. 28 award of grants from the $8-billion pot that is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but officials must now figure out how to leverage the seed money into successful long-term programs. California and Florida, the anticipated big grant winners at $2.25 billion and $1.25 billion, respectively, are now pondering design-build and public-private partnerships along with other funding sources. + Image Image: U.S. DOT Florida, California and the Midwest all received big chunks of ARRA grants. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation was flooded with applications, receiving $57 billion in project funding proposals.