The graphic in today's Denver Post suggests that federal high speed rail dollars will advance:
* a Seattle to Portland, Oregon line;
* a San Francisco to San Diego line;
* a Cincinnati to Cleveland via Columbus line;
* an Orlando to Tampa line;
* a few small Acela extensions in the Northeast;
* a stub line from Milwaukee that doesn't make much sense to me; and
* a Chicago to Peoria line that cuts a diagonal across Illinois that don't make much sense to me.
I also wonder how either California or Illinois, both of which have virtually bankrupt state governments, are going to come up with local match money for these projects (usually 20% of the total for new infrastructure which will cost billions of dollars). Florida's economy is also in the tank, although its proposed high speed rail line is small enough that this may not be as big of a concern.
Mostly, however, these routes do make sense in terms of length, population density and needs for transportation between the cities linked.
Colorado gets only chump changes for more studies.