Friday, February 12, 2010

Florida governor gives support for Jax-Miami rail line

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said that he plans meetings today with political and financial institutions in South Florida that are interested in bringing to life the long-gone Jacksonville-to-Miami passenger route along Florida East Coast Rail Road tracks, the St. Augustine Record reports.

"In the spirit of Henry Flagler, we need to re-ignite the effectiveness of FEC," Crist said.

Passenger service along the state's east coast ended in 1968 after a rail strike.

The state recently applied for $200 million in federal stimulus funds to restart that service, but that request was denied last week. However, Florida did receive some of the federal government's $8 billion in high-speed rail funds for the Tampa-to-Orlando bullet train, and Seventh District Congressman John Mica, R-Winter Park, said he believed the coastal line appropriation would be approved next year.

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