Turanchik adjusts high-speed rail job duties
Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik, now a Tampa mayoral candidate, said he's ditching his community outreach duties for Florida's high-speed rail project. "I'm still working on high-speed rail. I'm just not doing outreach stuff. I'm doing other practice development," Turanchik said. "I shouldn't be a voice for high-speed rail when I'm also trying to speak for myself. It gets confusing."
The high-speed rail line connecting Tampa to Orlando got a huge boost this week when the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that Florida would get another $800 million to fund the project. Last year, the feds awarded the state $1.26 billion for the line. That's still not enough, though, to fully fund the $2.6 billion project.
Late last week Turanchik jumped into the mayor's race, which also includes former City Council member Bob Buckhorn, council chairman Tom Scott and Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita.