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Old 02-16-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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there are numerous stories out on the web about it, but he basically said...

1-It puts Fla taxpayers at risk due to expected cost overruns
2-Ridership estimates are overblown (the estimates of this line are close to that of the Acela line, which connects NY/Boston/DC)
3-It's a waste of taxpayer money
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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Frankly, it seems like a sound position at this point in time.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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Where are those +750,000 jobs he promised?
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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Pretty good decision. That project has every warning sign attached to it that anyone can imagine. Gov. Perry probably saved Florida tax payers a lot of money today.

Let's face it. The USA has it's own unique ways, which also applies to transportation. Uniqueness made it great in the first place, not copying others.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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He's already in trouble with legislators over it because the money was legally appropriated by the state legislature for the project last year.

Senators call Scott's decision short-sighted, tragic, and technically not allowed | Florida politics blog: The Buzz | tampabay.com & St. Petersburg Times

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Senate budget chairman J.D. Alexander said he was told of the governor's announcement via a text message but warned that the governor doesn't have the authority to unilaterally cancel the project.

"The Constitution doesn't allow the governor to not-spend appropriations funds" and there is $300 million appropriated in the budget to put into development of the rail line between Orlando and Tampa, Alexander said.
Civics lesson of the day- a governor has a very different job and limitations than a corporate CEO, something that's starting to come around and bit Scott in an unfortunate place.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Florida Suncoast
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Fantastic news! The taxpayers' credit card is maxed out. It takes guts for Scott to stand up to the entrenched interests and look out for the Florida taxpayer.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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Civics lesson of the day- a governor has a very different job and limitations than a corporate CEO, something that's starting to come around and bit Scott in an unfortunate place.


Regardless of how he feels on the subject, he can't step in and do whatever he wants whenever he wants to. Nor should he be able to. He scares me because he seems to think he can, and not just with the potential rail system.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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there are numerous stories out on the web about it, but he basically said...

1-It puts Fla taxpayers at risk due to expected cost overruns
2-Ridership estimates are overblown (the estimates of this line are close to that of the Acela line, which connects NY/Boston/DC)
3-It's a waste of taxpayer money
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Frankly, it seems like a sound position at this point in time.
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Fantastic news! The taxpayers' credit card is maxed out. It takes guts for Scott to stand up to the entrenched interests and look out for the Florida taxpayer.
He pretty much took a page out of the Chris Christie playbook (The governor from NJ who shutdown the NJ-NY transit project). Good for him. The FL taxpayers will be responsible for any cost overruns, and it's more than likely that this will be a long-term money loser.

For reference:

NJ Gov Christie Kills Hudson Tunnel Project - Gothamist

Chris Christie Kills Train Tunnel to New York, Again - NYTimes.com

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Old 02-16-2011, 01:22 PM
 
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Even though I didn't vote for Scott, and until recently also thought the rail system would have been a good thing, I think he ultimately did the right thing. I am sure the cost would have been much higher than projected and the ridership much lower. Florida would have been on the hook big-time.

I still would like to see an improved bus system, with nice express buses running between cities among other things.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Florida Suncoast
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Even though I didn't vote for Scott, and until recently also thought the rail system would have been a good thing, I think he ultimately did the right thing. I am sure the cost would have been much higher than projected and the ridership much lower. Florida would have been on the hook big-time.

I still would like to see an improved bus system, with nice express buses running between cities among other things.
Have you looked at Red Coach? Business class size seats on clean buses with frequent schedules. www.redcoachusa.com
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