Gov. Rick Scott has seemed to overcome his hesitations about funding Central Florida's SunRail commuter train program and announced his approval of state funding for the program today. Scott's first big decision in office was surprisingly killing a federally funded high-speed train project, a move that proved highly unpopular and plays no small part in his abysmal approval ratings. It seems with his approval of SunRail he's trying to learn from his mistakes, but the project could actually be a bigger burden on tax payers than the high-speed rail plan ever was.
Naked Poltics pulled side-by-side comparisons of the two projects from a report from January:
Costs to State and Local Taxpayers for SunRail and High Speed Rail
High speed rail would have cost Florida tax payers less but created more jobs.
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That being said, SunRail still provides much needed public transport infrastructure for one of Florida's fastest growing regions.
Interestingly for Scott, the decision to push forward on the project may cost him some Tea Party support.
"Governor Rick Scott was clearly being influenced by big money lobbyists and failed to deliver on his promises. I really thought he was going to fight more for the taxpayers and wouldn't give up," Everett Wilkinson of the South Florida tea party told The Orlando Sentinel.