Friday, 20 November 2009

SunRail - another push by lawmakers

Florida Senate Democratic Leader Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, and Florida House Democratic Leader Franklin Sands, D-Weston, called on the Republican leaders to work toward securing more than 2.5 billion in funding for SunRail and other rail projects.

Last year, the bill cleared the House but died in the Senate when staunch opposition led by Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, brought it down on the floor. Earlier this year, a similar measure passed its only House Committee but again got held up in the Senate.

House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala remains uncommitted, but House Republicans have said theyre waiting to get committed until they see if the Senate now has enough votes after killing the project earlier this year.

SunRail is the commuter rail project for the three-county area in Central Florida – Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties.Is Florida is moving forward someone said.

He explained, A lot of the controversy that you heard about having something to do with the SunRail project is change. Very often it’s the North Florida TPO and Metroplan Orlando that are most often cited throughout the state as kind of setting the standards for regional thinking, regional cooperation, regional transportation planning. Isn't it all about choices

State legislators pushing for SunRail are in the process of gathering support should a special session be called in the coming weeks.

Florida future is important.

If we want to be considered, we need to show commitment, state Rep. Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, said.

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