Amtrak applies for half of Florida rail money

The Department of Transportation gave states that were interested in the high-speed rail money rejected by Florida were given until this week to submit applications.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood reopened the application process for the money after Scott said he would not accept it on Florida's behalf. State lawmakers sought to force him to take the money by suing, but the Florida Supreme Court ruled Scott had the right to reject the Obama administration's rail money.

Had it been accepted, the money would have paid for 90 percent of the construction cost of a railway between Tampa and Orlando.