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Florida gets another $800 million in stimulus for high-speed rail

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Florida is getting another $800 million in stimulus money for a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando, adding to $1.25 billion President Obama announced in January.

"As I’ve said many times, high-speed rail will be a game changer for Florida’s economy, along the likes of the Interstate system and Disney,” Sen. Bill Nelson said in a statement.

The award means Florida only needs approximately $300 million more from the federal government in addition to the state’s share of funding to complete the $2.6 billion project, Nelson said. The remaining federal funds could come next year.

Sen. George LeMieux, who has also worked for the money, called the project "vital to Florida’s growth and our economy and it is the right use of the taxpayer’s transportation dollars." LeMieux has criticized the overall stimulus but argues that Florida should still fight for its fair share.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, said, “People are already at work on the Tampa-to-Orlando segment, and workshops are under way for small-business owners to tap into new business opportunities. Today’s major investment means that thousands more Floridians will be put to work.”

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[Last modified: Monday, October 25, 2010 2:20pm]

    

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