By Keith Laing
Backers of the Florida project said private companies would fund the remaining $280 million needed to build the train and assume the risk of operating overruns. But Scott rejected the money before bids could be sought, and several other states have already begun vying for the funds.
A bipartisan pair of state senators in Florida sued Scott to force him to accept the rail money, but the Florida Supreme Court dismissed the case last week.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has insisted despite rejections by Scott and Republican governors in Ohio and Wisconsin that high-speed rail is viable in the U.S. After Scott rejected the $2.4 billion, LaHood said he had heard from a half-dozen governors and senators interested in receiving the money.