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No high-speed rail creates gridlock challenge for Florida

(The following appeared on the Tampa Tribune website on May 31, 2011.)

TAMPA, Fla. — When Gov. Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal funds to build the Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail leg in February, he told the U.S. Transportation secretary other projects were more important -- including widening I-4 in Orange County and widening I-275 in Hillsborough County.

However, the Florida Department of Transportation does not have any widening projects programmed in its five-year work program in the Tampa Bay area, a plan that is updated every year.

Full story: www.tbo.com

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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