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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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