So Gov. Charlie Crist is "optimistic" about a special session on rail. But the reality is that the dynamics in the state Capitol could make a deal a little more difficult.
Senate President Jeff Atwater says the feds are "concerned" about lawmakers asking voters to approve a $2 rental-car surcharge to fund Tri-Rail and SunRail because the referendum could fail. But lawmakers might not want to approve a new tax in an election year without giving voters a say.
In the House, which has passed a rental-car surcharge, lawmakers are inclined toward redirecting an existing rental car tax for rail. But that would mean DOT, which uses the money, would lose up to $100m. So the Senate might not go along.