January 27th, 2010
11:05 PM ET
12 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. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It's too soon if you ask any Republican because if it's left up to them there won't be any high-speed railways, just horse and buggies.

    January 27, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. Biased

    Is the new railroad from Tampa to Orland a fast way to get to Disneyworld and support GE, a big Obama backer?

    January 27, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Seems like the problem is is getting the money out fast enough. The faster the money gets out, the faster you put people back to work.

    January 27, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  4. Bob

    Considering that it took Phoenix 8 years to build a 10 mile long light rail system, the high speed rail system in Florida is 1000% faster.

    January 27, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. Dane

    dam railroad is going to make our state go broke and is the biggest waste of money on earth. It got voted down 3 times before they snuck it in with a few other things and the corporations funded the political commercials to get it passed. Its almost as useless as the one from LA to Vegas

    January 27, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. John in NJ

    So, in a nutshell, he was correct.

    Why aren't you fact-checking anything important? Why aren't you fact-checking things regarding taxes that everyone will argue about?

    January 27, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. Albert K. L.A., CA

    Well, it should have been done by now but that would have required Bush to have begun it. Since this train will not run on oil it had to wait for Obama to get started. Good bye oil dependency and the transfer of our wealth to Arab nations. Welcome to jobs, the Green revolution and the end to global warming.

    January 27, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. obama the liar

    does this surprize anyone? His legacy is bending the truth to fool people. I call him pathological.

    January 27, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. towhere

    is this another bridge to no where?

    January 27, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  10. A thomas

    He lied again but that is nothing new. Where was Rep Wilson tonight. He afraid

    January 27, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. scott winter haven

    Huge waste of money here in Florida. Just look to Miami to see how wasteful the high speed rail is. Nobody use it! More tax dollars wasted!

    January 27, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. valwayne

    Doesn't that $8 billion include the Gamblers train from L.A. to the Casinos in Las Vegas? Another piece of useless corruption slipped into the Bill because Harry Reid the majority leader is from Nevada!!! Nearly a trillion in corrupt special interest spending is what O

    January 27, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. Carl Jablon

    I have been out of work for 20 months tomorrow from the largest Electrical Distributor in the world. I didn't vote for Obama because I wasn't sure he was qualified. I would vote for President Obama today & I am soory I didn't vote for him in this last election. We are AMERICAN'S FIRST! We need to do what is good for the country, both parties need to work together and not woory about how that will effect their poll ratings. Republicans voting NO on all issues is NOT a solution. Yes we need jobs. Yes we need Health Care and both parties have to come up with a better plan that what we have now, PASS HEALTH CARE. I beleive in our President and we all need to work together to come up with solutions. Lets get behind our President and get things done. Great job tonight! Very Sincere! I trust our President and he has 100% of my support.
    Thank You,
    Sincerely CJ in Annapolis MD

    January 27, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. sara

    The high speed rail is one piece (big piece) of a huge transportation overhaul for central FL and the entire state... Finally! We've been waiting a long time.

    January 27, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. Marty, FL

    High-speed rail is great news for FL! The planning and development can provide job opportunities ahead of construction, as well as creating more work for our neighbors in the near future.

    Thank you, Mr. President!

    January 27, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. Michele

    Well, I guess if Palin can take credit for a pipeline that may NEVER be built, Obama can talk about a project that is at least scheduled to start.

    January 27, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  17. Sev Martinez

    CNN, it is so obvious that you go so way out of your way to defend your liberal side. You wouldn't know fair and balance if it hit you right between the eyes.

    January 27, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  18. annie against biased news

    Is this like a bridge to nowhere paid for by tax payer dollars?

    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  19. Kate

    Its a start! Can't be done overnight.

    January 27, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  20. Sharon

    Breaking ground is normally just a picture taking ceremony. Usually work has begun, financial planning, architectural designs, permits, etc.....the project is progressing beyond the talk phase. Is it a bad thing that Florida will ONLY receive $1 BILLION of the money THIS year? What will they do with the money if they are not starting the project soon? Collect interest ? Surely someone will be getting paid for something....maybe down payments on supplies or equipment leases?

    Be happy. I would keep my eye on that upfront $1 billion though.

    January 27, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  21. Jerold Tabbott

    There is not a single passenger train line in the country – maybe in any country – that pays for itself. I like trains, and I'd like the convenience of having high speed passenger trains in Florida... but this is just so many billion dollars of useless pork, and they're not even building the first leg between Orlando (airport) and Port Canaveral – the only corridor that might eventually break even.

    They are absolute idiots.

    January 27, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. m smith

    soon for the way the government works.

    January 27, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  23. vwrtb

    Who cares! What's wrong with you people!

    January 27, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  24. pkb

    Right wing CNN. Why not change to FOX2?

    January 27, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  25. Sourav

    Is CNN became a Obama basher? The tone of this writing validates this.
    I have been following the recent health care debates on CNN and was fed up seeing Scott Brown page day after day on the politics front page.

    I thought CNN was better than this. Please be objective.

    January 28, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
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