High Speed Rail

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The bullet train panel may be pulling ahead despite the overwhelming vote to repeal a constitutional amendment requiring the state to build a bullet train system.

Authorities said Wednesday citizens may have freed the panel to scrap previous plans and select a contractor and route that makes more financial and political sense.

Florida High Speed Rail Authority chairman Fred Dudley said “we have no mandate” but they do have a good idea.

The authority's meeting was the first since Floridians voted to repeal the amendment that was passed in 2000. Since the project's initial approval, no construction had begun but a route and contractor were selected. The system's first leg, Orlando to Tampa, was forecast to cost over $2 billion.

Although the amendment is gone, the authority lives on until the Legislature kills it.