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Published:February 18th, 2011 11:27 EST

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Says No To High-Speed Rail System

By Robert Paul Reyes

Japan was the first country to build dedicated railway lines for high speed travel. Japan has a network of high-speed railway lines that link to most major cities in the country. The Japanese Bullet Train looks like something from the future, but Japan has enjoyed high-speed railway lines for many decades. High speed trains are a fixture in most European countries, and even China has Bullet trains.


But in America, where the car is practically a member of the family, attempts by mayors and governors to provide high-speed rail service for their constituents have failed miserably. The latest state where an attempt to build a high-speed rail system has failed is Florida.

"Gov. Rick Scott, citing concerns over potential cost overruns, rejected $2.4 billion in federal dollars to pay for construction of a high-speed rail line connecting Tampa and Orlando. Never mind that the federal government was willing to pay nearly all the cost to build a high-speed rail line connecting Tampa to Orlando.

Never mind that private companies were willing to cover any additional construction costs and operating losses.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday rejected the federal government`s offer of $2.4 billion to build the line - prompting cheers from his tea party base, and harsh criticism from leading Florida Republicans and Democrats alike - squashing a project that has been decades in the making."

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Some critics are against high-speed rail because it`s too costly The governor of Florida is afraid that taxpayers will foot the bill for construction cost overruns. This is a valid point, every huge construction project in history has had cost overruns, sometimes totaling in the billions.

Others are against spending gazillions for bullet trains, because they are convinced that Americans simply will not leave their beloved cars in the garage, and use public transportation of any kind.

America is in an economic crisis of epic proportions, and this is not the ideal time to propose constructing a high-speed railway line.

But as some point the United States must begin building a network of high-speed railway lines, but I`m afraid it won`t be in my lifetime.

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