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Pro-rail petition delivered to Rick Scott



petition.jpgA 30-foot petition with nearly 3,000 names of people who support Florida's high speed rail project was delivered today to Gov. Rick Scott today, just hours before oral arguments will begin in a lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court challenging Scott's authority to kill the project. 

"Let the numbers speak for themselves," said Patrick Gitard, a spokesman for the Florida Public Interest Research Group as he unrolled the scroll of names. "It's longer than the governor is tall."

The petition calls for Scott to accept the $2.4 billion in federal money to build the line connecting Tampa to Orlando. The signatures were collected by FPIRG and the Florida Conservation Alliance.

It reads, in part: "As a taxpayer in Florida I support high speed rail. High speed rail has the potential to create over 20,000 jobs and bolster our tourism economy. I support he bitpartisn effort to keep the high speed rail dollars here in Florida and to vastly improve our public transportation system. Widening I-4 is more expensive than building high speed rail so high speed rail is the more fiscally responsible approach."  

[Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:28pm]


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