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Nelson: Congress gives Florida transportation $$$

Bill Nelson's office say commuter rail in Florida has gotten a second big boost -- congressional budget negotiators late last night agreed to spend $40 million to help jumpstart a rail system that will serve
commuters in Central Florida. 

There's also $1.7 million for planning for light rail in Tampa and $4 million for expansion of Metrorail in Miami. The expenditures – approved by budget negotiators for the House and Senate – come on the heels of the Florida Legislature’s passage of the rail bill.

The $40 million expenditure for Central Florida is contained in a larger federal transportation, housing and military construction spending bill. All that remains is for the two congressional chambers to give formal
approval to the reconciled measure. And the president, who originally requested the
funding for SunRail in his budget, is expected to sign the bill.


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