Mayors Challenge Gov. Scott on High Speed Rail

LAKELAND (2011-03-03) -

The Mayors of Tampa, Orlando and Lakeland say they've come up with a plan that addresses all of Gov. Scott's concerns about high speed rail.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said, "The Governor challenged us to find a method to ensure there was no risk to the Florida taxpayers, and we have done exactly that."

Dyer said the mayors sent a letter to Scott outlining their plans, signed also by the mayor of Miami.

He said all financial risk would be transferred to the private sector. Also, he said, the US Department of Transportation had waived any obligation to repay the federal money if the project failed.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said she hoped the Governor would quickly reconsider his position since there was now no risk to the Florida taxpayer.

"If the governor continues to maintain that there is risk," Iorio said, "it is inaccurate."

The three cities along I-4 want to create an entity responsible for building high speed rail.

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