Senate passes SunRail, 27-10
posted by Aaron Deslatte on Dec 8, 2009 4:20:40 PM
By Josh Hafenbrack, Dan Tracy and Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Bureau
TALLAHASSEE – Once a graveyard for controversial commuter rail projects, the Florida Senate abruptly shifted course Tuesday and voted 27-10 to approve the controversial SunRail project, the 61-mile commuter line that will take shape through Central Florida.
The legislation, now headed to Gov. Charlie Crist for his signature, would lay the groundwork for a future system of bullet trains connecting Florida’s traffic-choked urban centers, although that is years off and would require heavy federal funding. And it sends much needed funding to South Florida, where the Tri-Rail commuter train has been hemorrhaging money.