Florida high-speed train project derailed; Court rules for Scott
March 4th, 2011
11:17 AM ET
10 years ago

Florida high-speed train project derailed; Court rules for Scott

(CNN) - Supporters of a proposed high-speed rail system in Florida had hoped to get the project back on track Friday - the deadline to accept $2.4 billion in federal funds - but the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Rick Scott can reject the money.

The court's decision Friday followed a lawsuit filed against the governor by two state senators - one Democrat and Republican - who claimed Scott would overstep his executive authority and be in violation of Florida's constitution if he did not accept the funds.


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  1. PalmReader

    I am actually sorry to see this particular project derailed by so many GOPer Governor's. I've travelled throughout Europe on High Speed rails, and thoroughly enjoy each and every minute. High speed rail could be a really big boom to American cities. I suspect many millions of Americans would indeed be delighted to use light rail when vacationing from one city to another, one state to another. Too bad GOPers are using this as a means of petty politics, pitting themselves against the other party. This is why NOTHING will ever improve in America. Too much childish behavior from grown adults who absolutely know better, but refuse to allow someone else receive the credit. God knows, our steel workers could use the jobs light rail would bring.

    March 4, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Dale

    The reason why high-speed rail price is too high in the US ( CONTRACTORS inflating every that they sell and do,)
    { And UNIONS cause deliberate work delays } so they can man the job as long as they can to keep those union dues coming in.

    To solve this problem of greedy contractors and unions:

    • Use the (Army Core of Engineers) put strict price controls on everything and weekly quality control inspections.
    • Start the Work Program of America again, W.P.A. find strong young men and women throughout United States, and train them to build high-speed rail.
    • And do like they did in the old W.P.A. worksite housing and food three square meals a day and medical service.

    This will solve the problem of contractor inflation and union delays.

    March 4, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. America

    Well theres more jobs the repubs cut for Americans. Nicely done repubs way to cut those jobs and put those people that could have had them to work. Way to deny them. Congrats...idiots. Don't you worry repubs the obama admin will continue to bring doen this unemplyment rate without you still..STOP OBSTRUCTING PROGRESS REPUBS!!!!

    March 4, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Inmyopinion

    Governor Bush tried to get the high-speed train in Florida and Florida voters voted No. It was already voted on.

    March 4, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    [Florida high-speed train project derailed…]
    […Court rules for Scott] but did the PROJECT really FAIL?
    Give back the money NOW it’ll be used elsewhere
    NOT on you ports – you roads – or your UNDERWEAR!!!! Lol

    What an idiot – and what have you PROVED?????

    March 4, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. vic nashville tn

    They will reject till gas price reach $10 that time to late same project will cost more than double the current amount

    March 4, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "When public employees, who's pay comes from taxpayer dollars, are allowed benefit packages that are far more generous than the private sector taxpayers' benefits there is a big problem."

    Yeah, and the problem is twofold: (1) private corporations/employers and ultra-wealthy have expanded the wealth gap in their favor for the past 30+ years while paying their middle-class workers the same and attenuating benefits, all while convincing some of them that the 281% increase in the top 2%'s wealth and assets over that time period is an indication that the rich and "people who create jobs" are suffering and can't create no more jobs unless we agree to let them pay us like Chinese slave labor and (2) the idiot private sector employees who fall for that crap and, rather than unionizing their own labor force in order to demand more equitable treatment, irrationally blame their counterparts in the public sector because they're blinded by their resentment and would rather act out of jealousy, claiming it's not fair that public employees collectively bargained for better benefits instead of realizing it's not fair that upper management at the corporation they work for watched their salaries increase by over 200% while the people they view as indentured servant paoens got diddly. Wake up dude. You might want to bother turning around and looking behind you to see who is actually giving you the screwing instead of just flailing at the guy next to you who's receiving the same treatment.

    March 4, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Name Larry

    Yet you people keep voting them into office.

    March 4, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "jobs jobs jobs...why is obama doing nothing to create jobs blah blah blah...he spent all kinds of time focused on health care and did nothing to create jobs"

    "we're responsible and should get all the credit for the good job creation numbers because we did the right thing: nothing"

    Infuriating. If you buy the GOP's hypocritical crap, then say high to Charlie Sheen for me when you're in the waiting room.

    March 4, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Bob in PA

    2 Senators that need to be reminded by the voters who they work for.

    March 4, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Bill Graham in Jacksonville, FL

    I support the rail, but I have to admit that the attorney for the state senators should have been better prepared. I won't lay the blame for this at the feet of the Republicans. Several Republican senators supported high-speed rail. Kudos to them! My anger is reserved for those who opposed it. Florida may never have this exact opportunity again. In the future, when we realize we really needed high-speed rail and many other mass transit systems, we'll probably have to raise taxes significantly to get a tenth of what we could have had by taking the appropriate actions now. Get ready to pay a lot more for gas at the pump. Looks like we'll be paying OPEC an increasing percentage of our income to get from Point A to Point B for a long time. Deficit spending, we're not finished yet. We want to give you more.

    March 4, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    To bad we cannot recall our FL governor like the voters of WI can.

    March 4, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Lori in St Pete

    Um Dale, the reason the pricetag is so high is because we have to hire planners & rail experts from outside the United States. Due to the lobbying efforts of big oil, we don't have anyone in the United States with the knowlege to build HSR. skeletor was whining about how HSR construction jobs would only be temporary, lasting approximately 2 years. Ask any unemployed Floridian if they would prefer a temporary 2-year job to no job at all.

    Meanwhile, skeletor has approved $77 million in Florida taxpayer dollars (which he claims we don't have, BTW) to dredge the port of Miami so we can get more cheap, contanimated products from China. That dredging job is going to take much less time than 2 years, and will employ far fewer Floridians than HSR construction would, and adds absolutely ZERO value to our state's #1 industry – tourism. HSR makes sense when you think about all the attractions there are along the I-4 corridor. Legoland opening any day now. If HSR existed, Legoland could park shuttle busses at the terminal and transport passengers to their park. Winter Haven could be a wonderful destination with the right amenities, and HSR would be the perfect way to make that happen.

    March 4, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |