Obama Pledges $1.25 Billion for High-Speed Rail in Florida

After mentioning it in his State of the Union Address, President Obama traveled to the University of Tampa today to announce that Florida has been awarded funds for a high-speed rail system.

The $1.25 billion will be used to build a train system between Tampa and Orlando that could eventually, maybe, possibly be extended from Orlando to Miami. The South Florida leg has always been the redheaded stepchild of such plans, but apparently environmental studies are underway.

Charlie Crist didn't attend the event, but he did meet Obama when he landed. The two talked for less than a minute and shook hands. There was notably no hug like the one that went down last time Obama was in the state, a picture of which has become a main point of advertisements paid for by Crist's Republican Senate rival, Marco Rubio.


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