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Gov. Scott's SunRail decision will be revealed at 11 a.m. on Friday

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad will make an announcement regarding the SunRail commuter rail project at FDOT headquarters in Tallahassee on Friday at 11 a.m.

The $1.2 billion, 61-mile Central Florida project has been on hold since January, when Gov. Rick Scott started his review of $238 million worth of contracts. Asked Wednesday for a hint of the direction he's leaning in, Scott said: "I'm going to do what's best of the state."

On Tuesday, Prasad participated in six workshops in the Orlando area, where he emphasized that local governments will be financially responsible for the operation of the line and any other obligations after the trains have been running for seven years. Local government are also contributing 25 percent of construction costs. A funding agreement with the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, which is paying 50 percent of construction costs, requires trains to be running by May 2014.

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Jim Smithson

Then he's a one-termer.

IncomeatHome.com

That will trigger a resumption of the study to look at the feasibility of rerouting some of the trains around Lakeland at the request of some downtown merchants and city officials.

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