Rick Scott rode high-speed rail in Japan

11/13/13 Rob Lorei
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Tags: high-speed rail, Rick Scott, Japan, Transportation, transit


Front cover of a Japan Rail Pass from 2004.

photo by Seán Kinane / WMNF News

WMNF has confirmed that Governor Rick Scott rode three times a high-speed rail system on his recent trip to Japan. Two years ago Governor Scott turned down more than $2 billion in federal money to build a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. The link was supposed to help reduce traffic congestion on the heavily used I-4 corridor.

Nancy Blum-Heintz, a spokesperson for Enterprise Florida, tells WMNF that the Japanese high-speed rail system called Shinkansen “was logistically the best option to maximize the Governor’s and the EFI’s (Enterprise Florida Incorporated) team time in Japan to travel between the business development meetings. It is the most commonly used transportation in Japan. There were three trips on the train during the mission ranging in time from approximately one-hour to two and half hours.”

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