Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SunRail friend in high places

Congresswoman Corrine Brown told us that Florida is due to get a 40 percent increase in federal transportation dollars. This could be – or should be – great news for SunRail.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
Congresswoman Brown, whose district stretches from Jacksonville to Orlando, has always been a great friend of SunRail. She has the distinction of being the only Floridian in the House of Representatives serving on the Capitol Hill Conference Committee that fine tuning the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act is intended to fund federal transportation projects with up to $325 billion through 2021.
Ms. Brown has been forcefully making the point that considering Florida’s size and the amount of money taxpayers send to Washington the feds have been shortchanging the Sunshine state for years.

Assuming that everything goes OK, Florida can be in for a windfall and that has the potential for being good news for SunRail if Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature treats us fairly. After all, we have major unfinished business, especially the SunRail expansions to DeLand (possibly Orange City), Orlando International Airport, and hopefully dollars to provide weekend service.

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