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Group Pushes to Keep Bullet Train

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A new coalition has been formed in an effort to encourage Florida voters to keep the bullet train amendment they passed in 2000.

The group is called The Rail Truth. It's made up of The Sierra Club, Audubon of Florida, the AFLCIO and others. Executive Director Ken Walton says Florida can not pave its way out of gridlock by simply building more roads.

Amendment Six on this November's ballot would rescind the bullet train amendment already approved by voters. The change is being backed by Gov. Jeb Bush and others, who say the state simply can't afford to build the high-speed rail system linking Tampa, Orlando and Miami.

Walton says construction of the first phase of the bullet train system will provide 7,000 jobs and kick $8.5 million into Florida's economy. In his words, “We can't afford not to build it.”


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