- Feb 18, 2011
Florida Governor Rick Scott tries to kill high speed rail, Senator Nelson attempting CPR
Floridians knew Scott wasn't enthusiastic about the project and, doubting previously completed studies, had said he would order his own ridership study. Apparently, that's one promise that will go unfulfilled. He's also stated that the project would likely go over budget, but the companies lined up to build and operate the system over the next thirty years have said they would cover any overruns.
The project, if it makes it through this impasse, could provide as many as 24,000 jobs and begin with a line between Tampa and Orlando. Later additions could link up with Miami and possibly Jacksonville. For more reaction on the Scott decision, check out the High Speed Rail Association's website.
[Source: WOKV.com / High Speed Rail Association]