Florida governor won't take federal funds for high-speed rail
February 16th, 2011
09:51 AM ET

Florida governor won't take federal funds for high-speed rail

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declined federal money to build high-speed rail projects in the state.


Filed under: Florida • Politics • Railroads • Travel
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  1. The Shutt Chute

    While I don't trust Scott because he is, after all, a politician, I hope this declination of grant money for a boondoggle project sticks and he's not overridden by the state legislature. That said, even if this wasn't a boondoggle and it was completely legit, accepting federal grant money (or state grants, at the local level) and all the strings attached is never the correct course of action.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Terry

    From Wikileaks we have learned that Saudi Arabia is not capable of increasing production. Oil depletion is going to reduce supplies by almost 4 million bpd. and so we will need to find 6 milliion bpd. to replace that and account for increased demand in China, India and other countries. Highway trips and airline fares will become more and more costly every year. High speed rail will be cheaper and more efficient in the long run. You can start now or start later but it will come. The answer is electricity and it is looking more and more that it will have to come from nuclear power. All of the other sources will help but none of them are conistent stable suppliers to meet energy demands.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nebula Haze from GrowWeedEasy.com

    Send the money to make a high speed rail in California!

    February 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. peterg

    I can only assume most of the people mocking this decision do not actually live in Florida. A high speed rail between Tampa and Orlando would be practically empty. This is just a boondogle for corrupt politicians and contractors to feast off of and stick the Florida taxpayer with subsidizing from here to eternity. Why would you spend $50 on a train ticket (Sorry libs, trains aren't free) from Tampa to Orlando when you could get there on $15 in gas in your car and then you would actually have a car to get around in when you get there.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Daniel D

    I cannot believe this, this goes to show how out of touch rick scott is, florida would benefit alot from these rails, so much for governing for the people.....

    February 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patty

    Who voted for this guy!! U did. Time to impeach him!! Where r the 700,000 Jobs he promised. Lets get to work florida and get rid of scott

    February 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MickySaveFL

    Wow, lot's of people in FL wants jobs, construction needs to get on track, a missed opportunity that could help not only for Floridians but tourist around the world. I've ride on most hi-tech train in the world, and those cities are way ahead than here in US when we speak a means of transportation, this time of bad econmy, we have to think the people, not the politics. I'll just ride on high speed train maybe in CA or NY, or to other states who will get that big money.....

    February 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ian

    Its amazing that the Republicans are so opposed to anything that will help put Americans back to work. They clearly do not care about the people. Why dont the citizens of Florida recall this guy in a special election?

    February 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • peterg

      I'm sure if you benefited from the construction it would be great but a train from Tampa to Orlando? Come on. We need to spend our taxpayer money much more wisely than that. There are thousands of heavily used existing roadway facilities that are falling apart from neglect. To all you people yapping about how you would gladly ride the train, stop lying. None of you cheap SOB's are shelling out $50 or possibly more for a one way train ticket from Tampa to Orlando.

      February 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      $15 to $30
      http://www.floridahighspeedrail.org/fast-facts

      February 19, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. a real american

    Floridians must be SO proud! Their governor is doing everything he can to keep them unemployed.

    February 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. smc

    Wait a second, when did Floridians elect the disgraced CEO at the heart of the largest Medicare fraud in US history by Columbia/HCA to be their GOVERNOR?!?!? Between the $600+ million in fines and $2+ billion civil settlements they could've paid for this rail project. Wow! Let me collect hundreds of millions in severance for my utter failure and then get elected governor of a major state!

    Was the opposing candidate in that gubernatorial election an axe murderer? Or are Floridians just ignorant?

    February 16, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      But Rush told the people to vote for him.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. N

    Let's see – the public voted for two amendments to prevent the legislature from drawing their maps to make sure they stay in power – no more gerrymandering, either state level or federal level. Those amendments need to be approved by the federal government. Gov. Crist sent the request in, and Scott pulled it back as soon as he entered office, saying he needed to review it. Now, Scott has stated he does not want the high speed rail. He may not want it, but the Florida public does. It had been approved in the last election by more people than voted for Scott. Since he can ignore so much of what the voters want, does that mean I can ignore him and not have him as governor?

    February 16, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      Recall the idiot.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
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