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LaHood: Florida 'way ahead' for hi-speed rail

Raylahoodusethisoneussecretarytransportation A hint of good news for the end of the week. The Wall Street Journal reports Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood singled out California and Florida as leading candidates to secure federal funding for high-speed passenger-rail service.

"California and Florida are way ahead of the curve," Mr. LaHood said Friday at a breakfast gathering in Washington, according to the Journal. He stressed that no final decisions have been made. But Florida officials said they hoped to secure $1.5 billion to build rail service connecting Tampa and Orlando.

That's good news. And it comes right after a Thursday conference between the economic development leaders of Tampa Bay and Orlando in which the potential of mass transit was discussed. University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft, in one effusive moment, gushed that a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando (and between USF Tampa and Orlando's University of Central Florida) would be a very, very cool way for the two metro areas to work more closely together.

We'll keep an eye on Secretary LaHood and this topic.

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:24am]


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