Florida’s November election could impact the future of a high-speed rail project, one of only three nationally in the works. Like the projects in Texas (read “The Bullet Train That Could Change Everything”) and California, the privately financed train is a hotbed of controversy, which may play out at ballot boxes along the state’s southeastern coast and even determine Florida’s next governor.
High-speed rail has a complicated history in the Sunshine State. Florida’s current governor Rick Scott was one of several Republicans to refuse federal funds ($2.4 billion) earmarked for high-speed trains in 2011. According to the Tampa Bay Times, his decision elicited “cheers from his tea party base, and harsh criticism from leading Florida Republicans and Democrats.”
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