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Tampa to Orlando High Speed Rail Back on the Table

Brightline thinks it can build a high speed rail connection between Tampa and Orlando without public money, and Governor Rick Scott looks ready to let them.
June 25, 2018, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"State officials will consider private bids to build a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando, reviving a dormant project to link the two cities," report Lawrence Mower, Caitlin Johnston, and Steve Contorno.

"Brightline, the high-speed railroad linking Miami and West Palm Beach with hopes of reaching Orlando, said it has put it in a bid to build track along Interstate 4, leasing land owned by the state and the Central Florida Expressway Authority," according to the article. Brightline's pitch means the Florida Department of Transportation will open the idea up to a competitive bidding process.

The plan would seem to hinge on the ability of private funds paying for the entire project after Governor Scott passed up $2.4 billion in federal high speed rail funding in 2011.

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Published on Friday, June 22, 2018 in Tampa Bay Times
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