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Fla. seeks $1.1 billion more for high speed rail

(The following story appeared on The Miami Herald website on August 6, 2010.)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida is seeking $1.1 billion from the federal government to complete a high speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando.

President Barack Obama in January announced Florida would get $1.25 billion in stimulus money for the $2.6 billion project.

If the application submitted Friday is approved, it would bring the federal share to $2.35 billion. The state would cover the rest.

Trains are expected to begin operating at speeds up to 168 miles per hour by 2015. Plans call for eventually adding a Miami-Orlando leg.

The state also is seeking $250 million in federal funding to increase conventional Amtrak passenger service by introducing two daily round trips between Jacksonville and Miami.

Monday, August 9, 2010

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