January 27th, 2010
08:33 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama to announce high-speed rail funds

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/07/art.obama01062.gi.jpg caption="The day after his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama will announce the awarding of $8 billion in high-speed rail funds during a town hall meeting in Tampa, Florida, according to White House officials."]Washington (CNN) - The day after his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama will announce the awarding of $8 billion in high-speed rail funds during a town hall meeting in Tampa, Florida, according to White House officials.

Obama will tap federal stimulus funds to give out the money which is aimed at helping improve commuting throughout the country while also creating jobs, which is the overriding message of his Wednesday night speech.

Obama's appearance in Tampa with Vice President Joe Biden is fueling speculation that one of the awards will be for rail funds connecting Tampa and Orlando, but White House officials are not yet confirming which cities will benefit.

The officials said that a half-dozen cabinet members and top administration officials will appear in cities across the nation Thursday to announce awarding of the funds, which will be spread out across 31 states in all.

soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Dutch the Great

    Great! When does VA get our funds? We need high speed rail that goes from VA Beach to Northen VA that connects with the D.C. Metro.

    January 27, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Ferret out the BS

    Time to move our mass transit high speed rail system into the 21st century. You go Pres, get it movin' get the money out there get the jobs going.

    January 27, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |

    In the State of the Union Obama will try to calm our economic worries then the next day he will announce $8 billion in new spending? With borrowed money?

    He just doesn't get it.

    January 27, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    The stimulus is working, regardless of what the right wingnuts and Fox anti government spy network says. FDR tried it the republican way, and it was a failure.

    I only hope Obama listens to his economic advisors and not the birthers.

    January 27, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    But covered wagons are good enough for republicans, after all, what is the hurry?

    January 27, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. Right Leaning Independent

    Freeze spending one day and spend $8 billion the next day on something that would be nice but not necessary! Obama in all of arrogance just does not get it. Come November we will try to make it a little clearer to these fools!!

    January 27, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. britello-fl

    It's about time, Americans are so fat and lazy, they need a rail so they can walk and get some fresh air to think straight. Just look at the teaparty, rightwing losers, so big and fat, they hate just about everything this decent and itelligent stands for.

    January 27, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. jp,michigan

    All these so called jobs created by this administration are words and hopes, we have yet seen any of them. There were more government and union jobs crated, but not jobs for the working middle class. The government gets bigger and unions workers get their ahare while rest of middle american hunts for food, housing and jobs.

    January 27, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    And the republicans ask, "How will this help our donators; the health insurance industry, Wall Street, and the too big to fail banks?" Then they proudly say, "No!"

    January 27, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Now if he would just announce that it would actually be a low bid for construction and that the Federal rules forcing contractors to pay union wages and benefits and live with union work rules, they could probably get this done in half the time for half the money and with a much higher quality level and be able to spend more on other projects or save the taxpayers a bundle on this one. But they won't because Obama and the libs love and are in turn loved and controlled by corrupt unions.

    January 27, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. Mississippi Mrs.

    Awarding of the funds. So it begins. The unspent Stimulus money that was mission critical and immediately going to be used to create jobs has around 500 billion unspent. Isn't it nice for the Democratic party to be able to pick and choose who to 'Award' this money to.

    Buying Votes in this manner is Obscene. It is also part of the plan to have this money in reserve for 'such a time as this' leading into the 2010 elections.

    The massachusetts message was clear. Our Votes will not be bought.

    Go stimulate yourselves... leave our tax payer dollars alone.

    January 27, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. Heck ya

    Hi speed rail is one of the major infrastructure projects the US has been lacking in the last several decades. The studies I have seen have indicated proper high speed rail systems in the US could literally increase the economic efficiency of the US economy by many many BILLIONS of dollars beyond their costs.

    January 27, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  13. John D.

    This is at least a step in the right direction to create jobs!

    January 27, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  14. Chuck, Tennessee

    Another trip, at taxpayer expense, to another town hall meeting. Why can't the president stay in DC and do his job from his office, like the rest of us?

    January 27, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  15. JAC

    Which Florida politician is going to be silly enough to be within 10 miles of the town hall or the announcement? Does this not smack of a pay off a la Louisiana and Nebraska? I hope Floridians don't fall for this kind of game. Vote for Marco Rubio in the August Republican primary. Get a fiscally responsible governor.

    January 27, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. Blutarski

    There you go, finally , a good idea from the Obama Administration. Our public transportation systems are a global joke. Hey, President Obama, you are thinking on too small of a scale. How about some of that stimulous money to upgrade ALL public transportation in the US including, but not limited to, physical upgrade to all vehicles/tracks/stations, surveillance and security on busses, subways, cargo rail, and high speed and commuter rails. Lets bring this country into the 21st century. This will actually create jobs, lower shipping costs, reduce reliance on Air travel. It will reduce our reliance on motor vehicles, and its better for the environment. Kick it up some notches and make this a public works project Roosevelt would be proud of.

    January 27, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  17. Jerry

    If people do not have jobs where are they going to ride the train to? Sorry I forgot this was only to create union jobs.

    January 27, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. Bexpo

    Great another government boondoggle and money pit.

    January 27, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  19. Mr Joshua

    Why not? It's not like the country is broke or anything like that right?

    January 27, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. File under "Sarcasm"

    President Obama still doesn't get it!

    Handing out billions for favored projects with one hand while proposing a spending cut on "discretionary spending" with the other is ridiculous. This $8 billion for high speed rail will negate ONE THIRD of the estimated annual savings of his spending cuts.


    January 27, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    You go Obama and don't let these pathetic backwoods people stop you, God is with you.

    January 27, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  22. Disgruntled Independent

    That's great. I still can't afford to ride the Amtrack.

    January 27, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Great! Sigh... I am in Florida and have been watching this closly. The people did not vote on this and we DO NOT WANT IT!!!

    Now the people of Florida are slaves to the Federal Government. Mission accomplished Obama. Big government at its best.


    January 27, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  24. All the news that is fit to omit

    I actually think this has some merit, as it is good for the environment as well.

    Can anyone name a program or job idea that was NOT simply a payback to the unions?

    Anyone, Bueller, Bueller?

    Under reported is the FACT that MOST of the stimulus money has gone to areas that are run by Democrats in order to help them get elected.

    It is NEVER about policies with this fraud, it is ALL about politics.

    January 27, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. gt

    pandering and waste,,,,stop spending money we dont have...

    January 27, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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