Floridians nix trains
- This from CBC news this morning:
Florida voters reject Bombardier-led bullet train
Last Updated Wed, 03 Nov 2004 03:55:41 EST
ORLANDO, FLA. - Florida voters on Tuesday derailed a proposed
multibillion dollar high-speed rail network that was to be built by a
consortium led by Bombardier.
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With 7,046 out of 7,241 precincts reporting, more than 63 per cent of
votes cast were against the rail network, which initially won voter
approval in 2000.
Opponents of the construction project decried the proposed price tag.
The initial Tampa to Orlando leg of the network was supposed to cost
more than $2.3 billion US.
The rail network was to eventually extend to Miami.
Construction of the rail link has not begun, but the initial leg had
been mapped out.
Bombardier's partners included California engineering company Fluor
Corp. and Virgin Group PLC of Britain. The Bombardier-led consortium
was tapped in November to run the project.
A Bombardier spokesperson put the Montreal-based company's share of
the project at about $1.3 billion US to provide the trains and maintain
them for 30 years.
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush opposed the train, having said the money would
be better spent on regional transportation.
"It's too high a price to pay for something that's, well, romantic, I
guess," Bush said.
Proponents of the rail network said Florida's future growth will force
the state to develop alternatives to building more highways.
Written by CBC News Online staff
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