Jane Healey has an extensive and well-considered opinion piece concerning legislative actions that hold both commuter and HSR projects hostage. It is a bit of complex local politics, but here is the good part.
As with the other stimulus projects, these need to be “shovel-ready.” And Florida’s high-speed rail is indeed that. After voters approved it in 2000, $30 million was spent on planning and routes.
Unlike many of the other projects competing for the money, it could be up and running quickly, particularly since the lengthy environmental studies already are done. And, remember, these dollars are all federal. Local and state taxpayers wouldn’t have to put up anything to get this going.