Gov. Rick Scott says he will reject $2.4 billion for high-speed rail

1976

A study requested by the Florida Legislature examines feasibility of a high-speed rail line connecting St. Petersburg and Daytona Beach, using the corridor occupied by Interstates 4 and 75. The study estimates the cost to construct the 157-mile line at $585 million.

1984

Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham creates the Florida High-speed Rail Transportation Commission to explore the feasibility of a high-speed rail line connecting Tampa, Orlando and Miami. The goal is to have lines running by 1995.

1992

U.S. Transportation Secretary Andrew Card taps Florida as one of five corridors nationally to get $1 million in seed money for high-speed rail.

1996

The Florida Department of Transportation selects Orlando-based Florida Overland Express to build a high-speed rail system over 10 years. Under the agreement, the state must make annual payments starting at $70 million in 1999, increasing each year by 4 percent a year over the next 40 years.

1998

Jeb Bush is elected governor of Florida. He's a well-known critic of the high-speed rail project.

1999

In his sixth day in office, Gov. Bush kills the $6.3-billion bullet train, saying his action will free up money for road construction and other transit projects.

2000

Florida voters approve a constitutional amendment mandating creation of a bullet train linking Florida's five largest cities (Tampa-St. Petersburg, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Jacksonville) with construction to start in November 2003.

2003

Bush vetoes $7 million for high-speed rail from the state budget.

2004

Florida voters repeal the constitutional mandate passed in 2000 for a statewide high-speed rail system.

2010

Jan. 28: President Obama announces that $1.25 billion in federal stimulus funds will go to a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando.

Oct. 25: An additional $800 million in federal money is designated for construction and the purchase of rail cars.

Dec. 9: The Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail connection receives another $342 million in federal money on top of the $2.05 billion already pledged. The additional funding was made possible when newly elected Republican governors in Ohio and Wisconsin rejected stimulus money for high-speed rail.

2011

Feb. 16: Gov. Rick Scott announces he will reject $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail.

Compiled by Times news researcher John Martin

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