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08/31/10 Seán Kinane
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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castory (D-FL).


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF (Jan. 2009)

Beginning in just a few years, you’ll be able to take a bullet train from Tampa to Orlando in under an hour. But before then the high-speed rail line needs to be built. Half of the roughly $2.5 billion dollar project has been funded through the federal Recovery Act.

The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting meetings this week in the three cities where the bullet train will stop; Today in Tampa, tomorrow in Lakeland, and Thursday in Orlando.

For a preview of those meetings WMNF spoke with U.S. Representative Kathy Castor. We begin the second half of the interview by asking where the remaining $1.25 billion of funds will come from.

There is a public high-speed rail meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center.

Earlier this afternoon, WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw attended a meeting for businesses interested in working as part of the bullet train.

Here's a link to the fist half of the interview with Rep. Castor

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