Monday, May 9, 2011

The Northeast, Midwest thank Slick Rick Scott

...for sending $2 billion in high-speed rail money to 15 other states.

You'll recall that Slick Rick Scott, who should be in jail but instead got elected governor of Florida, rejected $2.4 billion of federal dollars to build high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando. Guess he didn't care about the 25,000 jobs that project would have created.

Now the Associated Press tells us where that money's going: 
A Department of Transportation statement Monday said the largest share of the money , nearly $800 million , will be used to upgrade train speeds from 135 mph to 160 mph on critical segments of the heavily traveled Northeast corridor.
Another $404 million will go to expand high-speed rail service in the Midwest, including newly constructed segments of 110-mph track between Detroit and Chicago that are expected to save passengers 30 minutes in travel time.