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Fallout from Defeat of Hillsborough County Transportation Tax: High Speed Rail?

08 Nov 2010 11:56 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

For supporters of Florida's high speed rail project, recent comments by Congressman John Mica are a point of concern.

For instance, Mica is disappointed by the failure of the local option of sales tax in the Tampa area and is suggesting that high speed rail be built in phases instead, according to this article in the Orlando Sentinel. 

Instead a first phase could be, he says, Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World.

Meanwhile, candidates for Mayor of Tampa are saying that they will not push for light rail transit or a transportation tax, as current Mayor Pam Iorio did, according to the Tampa Tribune. Mayor Iorio, who has been a promoter of passenger rail and transit, cannot run for reelection due to term limits.

--Jackson McQuigg

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