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Builder of high speed rail train to be chosen today

(The Associated Press distributed the following article on October 27.)

LAKELAND, Fla. -- It's decision day for the group in charge of Florida's high-speed rail project.

Some decisions will be made today on who should build and operate Florida's bullet train and where it should run. Voters approved the project during the 2000 election, and Governor Jeb Bush has opposed it at every turn.

Today, the Florida High Speed Rail Authority is slated to choose between Fluor Bombardier and Global Rail Consortium to build the system and operate it. Both have submitted plans requiring less than 60 million dollars in state transportation money per year.

The remainder of the money will come from federal rapid-transit grants, from the contractor selected to build the system and from fares of riders. But it's going to be a trick to get the Legislature to return 70 million dollars a year in trust funds so federal funds can be released and construction can begin.

Monday, October 27, 2003

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