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Governor Crist Signs Commuter Rail Legislation

December 16th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

Governor Charlie Crist signed legislation today creating Commuter Rail and High Speed Rail Commission. The bill was passed last week in a hurriedly called special session. The signature sets up funding to keep Tri-Rail running in South Florida and create a 61 mile long commuter rail system across four Central Florida counties.

Sun Rail, Tri-Rail, High-Speed Rail will move the sunshine state into a new era of collaboration and innovation,” Crist said. “These passenger rail projects are the building blocks of a better statewide transportation network. They will yield benefits far beyond the rail lines themselves. They will make the daily commute cleaner and more efficient, will fewer cars on the road, and therefore less pollution.

The hope is that the projects will show the states interest in high speed rail and attract billions in federal funding. An estimated 14 thousand jobs may be created, although some say the number is overly optimistic.

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