ASHRA NEWS

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Gov. Scott’s Decision to Reject HSR Federal Funding

March 4, 2011

Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the Florida Supreme Court upheld Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to reject $2.4 billion in high speed rail federal stimulus funding intended for the state. The funding will now be redistributed to other states.

“The American High Speed Rail Alliance is extremely disappointed with Governor Scott’s decision to reject the $2.4 billion in federal high speed rail funding awarded to Florida, said Mary Ellen Curto, Executive Director. “While this is a significant loss for the future of high speed rail in Florida, AHSRA believes this is a great opportunity for the US DOT to redistribute to the dozens of other states that are willing to invest in 21st century infrastructure projects.”

Secretary LaHood’s statement reaffirmed that the president’s high speed rail program would move forward. “The Obama Administration’s bold high speed rail plan will not only create jobs and reinvigorate our manufacturing sector in the near term, it is a crucial and strategic investment in America’s future prosperity. I know that states across America are enthusiastic about receiving additional support to help bring America’s high speed rail network to life and deliver all its economic benefits to their citizens.”

Ten Senators from the Northeast,  Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, as well as the California High Speed Rail Authority made their case to receive a portion of the rejected funding. Additionally, Washington State DOT recently issued a press release saying that the state is ready to put Florida’s funds to work.

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