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Scott Freezes SunRail Contracts for Review

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott has frozen $235 million in
contracts for a planned commuter train in central Florida.

A spokeswoman for the governor says the four contracts for SunRail were put on hold late Friday "pending additional information for review." She gave no indication how long such a hold might last.

Scott's office is reviewing all state contracts of $1 million or more.

Noreanne Downs, who runs the state Department of Transportation
in central Florida, predicted the contracts would be approved as early as next week. She said "everything is on track" for the $1.2 billion project to proceed as planned.

The rail line is slated to link downtown Orlando with Seminole, Volusia and Osceola counties. Backers of the project hope to begin
construction by spring.


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