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Group forms to urge Gov. Scott to kill SunRail

Former Winter Park City Commissioner Beth Dillaha has announced the formation of a coalition of past and current elected representatives, groups, anti-tax organizations and individuals opposing the proposed SunRail Commuter Rail project. In a news release, the group stated its mission is "to alert Florida Governor Rick Scott to the vast opposition" to the project.  They call themselves VETO SunRail -- Voters Expressing Their Opposition to SunRail. Scott has had SunRail contracts on hold since early this year. He has said he wants to be sure central Florida communities fully understand their financial obligation to the project before it goes forward 

Dillaha was an outspoken critic of the proposed rail system during her term on the Winter Park City Commission.  Winter Park has been designated as one of the proposed stops along the 61.5-mile track running through four Central Florida counties.

According to the group's release: "With a $1.2 Billion start-up cost and about $600 Million going to CSX, SunRail represents the most expensive rail deal in the history of the United States. Additionally,  the Florida legislature agreed, in December 2009, to shift liability for accidents, injuries and / or deaths caused by CSX on the 61.5 mile corridor to Florida taxpayers."

See the group's website here: www.VETOSUNRAIL.org.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 12:25pm]

    

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