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2/25/2011



Rail News: High-Speed Rail

LaHood gives Scott more time to consider Florida HSR project


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The back-and-forth regarding Florida’s high-speed rail project continues. This afternoon, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued a statement saying he met with Florida Gov. Rick Scott this morning to discuss the Tampa-Orlando project.

Scott asked LaHood to provide additional information about the state’s role in the project, the Florida Department of Transportation’s responsibilities and how the state would be protected from liability, according to the statement.

“I have decided to give Gov. Scott additional time to review the agreement crafted by local officials from Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland and Miami, and to consult with his staff at the state Department of Transportation,” LaHood said. “He has committed to making a final decision by the end of next week. I feel we owe it to the people of Florida, who have been working to bring high speed rail to their state for the last 20 years, to go the extra mile.”
 


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