Thanks Gov. Scott! Chicago-St. Louis fast train gets $186 million of Florida funds

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The residents of Chicago and St. Louis should send a thank-you letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott now that it is announced (h/t to Kevin Cate)that the high-speed rail linking the two cities will get $186 million of the funds Florida was suppose to get for the Tampa-Orlando link:

Florida? loss is Illinois?gain, as the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded an additional $186 million Wednesday to the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project.

Illinois won nearly half of the $400 million in federal high-speed rail money reallocated this week from the more-than $2 billion rejected by newly elected Florida Gov. Rick Scott in February.

The funding will be used to upgrade track between Dwight and Joliet. The state is still seeking more of the rejected Florida funds for new railcars and locomotives as part of an $806.8-million multistate request, as well as $1 million to start designing a new station in East St. Louis.

The funding decision was announced jointly by Illinois’ U.S. Sens. Richard Durbin, a Democrat, and Mark Kirk, a Republican, and Gov. Pat Quinn.

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