January 27th, 2010
11:05 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Florida high-speed rail line

(CNN) - In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama told Americans that he will visit Tampa, Florida: "...where workers will soon break ground on a new high-speed railroad funded by the Recovery Act."

The CNN Fact Check Desk found that Florida is one of several states that will share $8 billion in federal stimulus funds for high-speed passenger train corridors. But according the Florida Department of Transportation, construction won't begin until October of 2011, more than a year and a half from now. Is that soon?

The first phase of the new railroad, a segment running from Tampa to Orlando, is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

The Miami Herald reports that Florida requested $2.5 billion for the project, but Florida will only receive a $1 billion of that money this year.


Filed under: President Obama • SOTU fact check
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Fed Up

    How nice! Whose pocket is he taking the money out of? I guarantee it won't be his!

    January 28, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  2. James

    "Is that soon?"... when was the last time ground was broken in the U.S. on a high speed rail line? Yeah... it's soon!

    January 28, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. Rob

    Tampa, Florida does not need a high speed train ... it needs good paying jobs ...

    January 28, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  4. Sasha

    He would do better to just stay in DC and do his job. This president apparently thinks it's his job to travel. That's what PR people are for. Oh, wait, he is a PR person.

    January 28, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  5. rox0r

    Isn't there a lot of planning work to do before actually constructing a large project?

    January 28, 2010 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  6. Ronald E Miller

    it's more than bush did for florida after he stole the election .

    January 28, 2010 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  7. Aaron

    High speed trains are not worth it! I live in Japan right now, and the upkeep costs are severely supplemented by the government, and the prices are still extremely high. For a country as small as Japan, you would think transportation costs wouldn't need to be as high, but they are often 2 to 3 times as much as traveling equal distances in America would cost.

    And because the trains all have to be coordinated on the high speed lines, it means that only one company can run trains along it, which means any competition for keeping prices down goes right out the window.

    January 28, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  8. Anthony Dean

    So if John McCain were president, would this have even happened?

    January 28, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  9. Dodd Democrat...

    It's these type of exaggerations and half truths that keep getting him into trouble.

    January 28, 2010 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  10. Robin in Tampa, FL

    I live in the Tampa area, believe me 2011 is better than never.

    January 28, 2010 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    There are logistics involved before you just start laying down the tracks. Typical Right-wing home-brewed cynicism thanks to the ever biased CNN.

    January 28, 2010 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  12. Erin

    he said they will soon "break ground." pay attention.

    January 28, 2010 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
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