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Jeff Vasilinda becomes the Vasilinda Family’s first published author!

Bullet Train on Track

January 13th, 2011 by flanews

Plans to build a high speed rail system to connect Tampa to Orlando are speeding ahead.

Governor Rick Scott is courting foreign companies to pick up the funding obligation assigned to the state. As Whitney Ray tells us, if the state cant come up with the 280 million dollars by the end of September, Florida could lose 2.4 billion federal dollars for rail.

Florida could move faster on construction of a high speed rail system than any other state in the union. The environmental impact studies are complete. The right-of-way secured.

2.4 billion Federal stimulus dollar have been set aside for the project, but only if Florida puts up the final 280 million dollars.

Governor Rick Scott is searching the globe to find investors willing to front the money. The Japanese are onboard.

I sincerely hope the state of Florida will adopt the Japanese system and build a train on high speed rail, said Japanese Translator Ren Ito.

Theres also interest from Europe.

I met with the Consuls General of the European Union, said Governor Scott.

The original plan was to take the 280 million from the state budget, but with new leaders in the conductors seat, the states on a new track.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos says if the private sector isnt onboard, then the state sure shouldnt take the risk on rail.

I think that 90 percent being paid for by Washington D.C. should be more than commercially viable, not only for the short term, but also in the operation and maintenance relm, said Haridopolos.

But the clock is ticking to find investors. If the state doesnt come up with the cash before the end of September, the money will be given to another state. Associated Industries of Florida doesnt think that will happen.

We believe that these companies will step forward and pick up the entire cost and the liability to the state will essentially be nil, said AIF President Barney Bishop.

The high speed rail project connecting Tampa to Orlando will create 4-thousand construction jobs over four years and an additional 1-thousand permanent positions. If the Tampa – Orlando connection is built, the plan is to review building a connection from Orlando to Miami.

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