Florida wants billions for Tampa-Orlando rail
TAMPA — This week marks a major milestone in Florida's quest for high-speed rail. State transportation officials will submit their first application for billions in federal stimulus money to help pay for a rail line connecting Tampa and Orlando.
The line is considered a top contender in the competition for $8 billion attached to President Barack Obama's vision for "world-class passenger rail" in 10 major corridors, including Florida. Obama has pledged another $1 billion for high-speed rail for each of the next five years. (story here)