Travel Projects Get a Tax-Funded Boost

By , Thursday, May 21, 2009, 4:52 PM

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Federal funds will be used for California's ambitious 800-mile high speed line, which is already in motion and will connect San Diego to Sacramento. (Courtesy California High Speed Rail Authority)

At Dulles, D.C.'s biggest airport, a new 23-mile rail line is being built with the help of federal money. (Courtesy Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project)

The proposed Hudson World Bridge would be the marquee attraction on a dramatically revamped waterfront, and a symbol of New York City regaining its edge as a world leader in design. (Courtesy Martin Newton / Eytan Kaufman)

The Hudson World Bridge has two particularly exciting features: a Green Park, where people could stroll with amazing views, and, hanging above it, the capsule-shaped Cloud, an exhibition space. (Courtesy Martin Newton / Eytan Kaufman)

The exterior of the Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico, circa 1937. (Courtesy Roswell Museum and Art Center)

The interior of the original WPA-built adobe Roswell Museum, now just one branch of an expanded arts center that showcases works by Georgia O'Keeffe and other southwestern talents. (Courtesy Roswell Museum and Art Center)

There are no are white lines on the sides of the Blue Ridge Parkway to retain the rural feel. (David Muench/Corbis)

Installing seating and a stage, WPA workers installed seating and a stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado, which has hosted everyone from The Beatles to John Denver to U2 to John Tesh. (Courtesy Red Rocks Amphitheatre)

A pair of 300-foot-high sandstone monoliths at Red Rocks Amphitheatre not only provide ideal acoustics, but a dramatic, one-of-a-kind backdrop to boot. (Courtesy Red Rocks Amphitheatre)

Timberline Lodge sits 6,000 feet above sea level—which sounds high, until you realize it's only midway up the slope of 11,245-foot Mount Hood, Oregon. (Courtesy Timberline Lodge)

Seventy-room Timberline Lodge has dramatic views of snowcapped Mount Hood. (Courtesy Timberline Lodge)

Depression-era workers built and improved numerous Grand Canyon trails, including Bright Angel, and Colorado River trails. (Robert Glusic/Corbis)

The Black Course at Bethpage State Park, N.Y., began as a WPA project and will host the US Open again this summer. (Gary Newkirk/Corbis)