In a shock move, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott approved the $1.2 billion ‘Sunrail’ commuter rail project. This was the same Governor who had earlier canceled the Florida high-speed rail project. Even his supporters are perplexed:
State Senator Paula Dockery, also a Scott supporter, isn’t happy as well. Dockery says high-speed rail had no risk to taxpayers and there were predictions of high ridership, while Sunrail is predicted to have low ridership and tremendous cost.
To recap: Scott cancels a high-speed rail project that would not have cost the State a dime — but approves an Amtrak-style ‘Sunrail’ service requiring enormous operating subsidies.
It is almost as if there were a conspiracy in this country to cancel good transit projects, and fund bad ones.