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States compete for Florida's spurned rail funds

(Reuters circulated the following on April 6, 2011.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Almost half of the states, along with the national rail service Amtrak, are eager to get the funds for building a high-speed train network that Florida recently rebuffed, the Transportation Department said on Wednesday.

Altogether, 24 states, the District of Columbia and Amtrak submitted requests for the $2.4 billion that Florida's new Republican governor, Rick Scott, turned down on the belief high-speed rail is a waste.

Eleven of the states seeking the funds have Republican governors, including Wisconsin, which earlier spurned high-speed rail initiatives.

The full story is at www.reuters.com.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

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