* I wish I would have thought of that headline but the credit goes to Syan Rhodes from WESH 2. The best joke I saw during my social media monitoring, yesterday.
Speaking of yesterday, it was a crazy mess,
Florida Governor Rick Scott turned down 2.4 billion dollars in transportation federal stimulus money that would have funded high-speed rail from Orlando to Tampa, in what was the most controversial decision he’s made since…well last week, when he revealed the budget.
Despite, the fact that private corporations had offered to pick up the 300 million dollar difference, Scott was concerned about skittish contractors pulling out and high-speed rail’s ability to garner a big enough ridership to justify the expense.
This decision sent shock waves across the state energizing the Tea Party and sending Democrats into a frenzy, with one of them calling the Governor a “One man wrecking crew for the Florida economy”. Senator Bill Nelson is was on the phone with Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood talking about other possibilities that would circumvent the Governor’s decision. Transportation committee chairman Congressman John Mica isn’t about to quit on the initiative either.
President Obama? Well, he said there would be plenty of states that would be happy to take the money. Calls from New York were coming before close of business saying they would be happy to take Florida’s piece of the pie.
What do I think?
I can tell you that high-speed rail from Orlando to Tampa makes a heck of a lot more sense than Sunrail, a spine of a system that would require a 6 phase commute everyday. To rail, on rail, to destination and back. If Siemens or one of the other private companies would picked up the difference for high-speed rail, then by all means we’ve got to do it. An hour from OIA to downtown Tampa without dealing with I4? Yes…yes all day.
Less convention visitors clogging up I4? Sure
Less tourists, clogging up the approach to the Magic Kingdom? Even better.
Comparing the cheaper plane ticket and being able to enjoy both cities? Absolutely.
This was another head scratching move by Governor Scott, he’s doing things his way and like the other decisions he’s made during his short time in office we’ll have to see if it pays off.