O’Malley Asks For Rail Money Rejected By Florida

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley says if Florida doesn’t want $2.4 billion in federal rail funding, Maryland could use it.

O’Malley wrote a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Friday to let him know Maryland could use any money rejected by other states.

The Maryland governor’s letter comes after Florida Gov. Rick Scott this week rejected $2.4 billion in dedicated federal money, or about 90 percent of the cost for a high-speed rail line from Orlando to Tampa, in part because he doubted the train service would pay for itself once completed.

O’Malley wrote LaHood that transportation infrastructure projects, including passenger rail, offer a path to economic recovery and a stronger, more competitive future.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • davidgoliath9"

    Let Dilly Dalliy O’Malley use the money to replace the stolen funds from the transportation fund.

    • Wheres common sense when you need it

      Oh no, he can’t replace that money. He needs it to prop up next years budget. I think the State and those who make the decisions sould be held accountable in wrongful death suits when it involves infrastructure that isn’t properly maintained because the money was used for other things. I think the out of everthing to be scared of in this world, a state house full of politicians tops the list. Long live the stupid.

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